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The Creepy Men Who Film Women On China's Subways — And The Case That Sparked A Backlash

A woman in China who falsely accused a man of filming her on the subway has sparked an avalanche of vitriol against her. There are now fears that the case will stop the many real victims of secret filming from coming forward and fighting back.

CHENGDU — On June 7, a master's student at Sichuan University, Zhang Wei, saw a man in the subway squatting down using his phone and staring at her. The woman thought that he was secretly filming her, a common phenomenon on Chinese public transportation. Zhang Wei asked to check the man’s photo album on his phone and found that he had not taken any pictures of her. After the incident, Zhang Wei posted an article online detailing the event, along with a video of her confronting the man.

On June 9, the Guangzhou police said that the dispute had been dealt with, with both parties reconciling. Social media users still, however, condemned Zhang Wei’s posting of the event.

A few days later, Zhang Wei posted an apology on the Chinese social media network Weibo, stating: “I shouldn’t have confirmed that there was [no wrongdoing] with you on the subway and still spread the video freely on the internet.” She also said that she would take action to correct her mistake. People on social media pointed out that as a journalism student, Zhang Wei should have known the law and claimed that her apology was insincere.

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China Can't Kick Its Coal Habit

China has endured two months of scorching heatwaves and drought that have affected power supply in the country. Spooked by future energy security, Beijing is reinvesting heavily in coal with disastrous implications for climate change.

Two months of scorching heatwaves and drought plunged China into an energy security crisis.

The southwest province of Sichuan, for example, relies on dams to generate around 80% of its electricity, with growth in hydropower crucial for China meeting its net-zero by 2060 emissions target.

Sichuan suffered from power shortages after low rainfall and extreme temperatures over 40℃ dried up rivers and reservoirs. Heavy rainfall this week, however, has just seen power in Sichuan for commercial and industrial use fully restored, according to official Chinese media.

The energy crisis has seen Beijing shift its political discourse and proclaim energy security as a more urgent national mission than the green energy transition. Now, the government is investing in a new wave of coal-fired power stations to try to meet demand.

In the first quarter of 2022 alone, China approved 8.63 gigawatts of new coal plants and, in May, announced C¥ 10 billion (around $1.4 billion) of investment in coal power generation. What’s more, it will expand the capacity of a number of coal mines to ensure domestic supply as the international coal market price jumped amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Putin’s New Doctrine, BoJo Bids Farewell, First COVID Inhaler

👋 Ko na mauri!*

Welcome to Tuesday, where Vladimir Putin unveils a new “Russian World” foreign policy doctrine, Liz Truss officially takes over from Boris Johnson as UK Prime Minister, and Instagram gets slapped with a hefty fine. Meanwhile, Spain’s Agencia SINC looks at how the distorted and often negative portrayal of women in medicine is being challenged by the research community.

[*Gilbertese, Kiribati]

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Harold Thibault

When Humans Are Forced To Replace The Bees They Killed

Since insecticides have killed most bees in China's Sichuan province, local farmers are forced to fertilize the flowers themselves. But the "bee-men" may now be a dying breed.

NANXIN — It is the height of pollination season in the orchards of China's southwestern Sichuan province. Perched on the apple trees' branches, farmers of the Nanxin village twist and turn to reach the flowers that are the furthest away. Doing what bees do anywhere else in the world requires a certain degree of agility.

Zhen Xiuqiong, 56, has been climbing her and her neighbors' trees at the arrival of every spring for the past 20 years. Branches sometimes break, but Xiuqiong says she is never scared. To her, it's all a matter of getting used to it.

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Between Two Earthquakes - China Media Moves From Tabloid To Tender



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Death Toll Rises In Chinese Earthquake



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