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Massive Flight Delays As China Conducts Military Exercises In Civilian Airspace

Posted: 07/22/2014 4:11 pm

delayed flightsGoing somewhere? For those of you along China’s east coast and getting ready to take a flight in the next few weeks, don’t raise your hand so fast.

Asia Today reports the following twelve airports will experience delayed flights from July 20 until August 15: Shanghai Hongqiao, Shanghai Pudong, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Hefei, Jinan, Wuxi, Ningbo, Qingdao, Lianyun Harbor, Zhengzhou, and Wuhan.

In fact, civil authorities are asking airlines to reduce their total number of flights by 25% during this time period.

The military will apparently be conducting air drills, or “high frequency exercises”, during that period. All the same, the reasons behind the air space shutdown remain secretive. Internet users Ma from Beijing and Pei from Hainan were both arrested and charged for spreading rumors online, having said “said military exercises is just a decoy”. Thirty-seven other people were warned about spreading rumors, but not arrested.

Rumors aside, the number of delayed and canceled flights is not inconsequential. The Civil Aviation Administration of China said that 101 flights had been canceled at Shanghai Pudong International Airport by mid-day July 14, and 103 were delayed by more than two hours. Across the city over at Hongqiao Airport, 98 flights were canceled.

If there is a solution to this mysterious process that will inconvenience air passengers, it would be the readily-given suggestion to bypass the use of planes and use China’s high-speed railway system instead.

Photo: Shenzhen Police 



SOHO CEO Now Apologizes for Striking Shenzhen Airport Staffer

Posted: 06/16/2014 11:53 am

After having categorically denied that he hit a Shenzhen Airlines worker last week, SOHO CEO Pan Shiyi has now apologized for getting physical with the staffer. Pan said he was sorry the woman was hurt but that it was not his fault.

“I accidentally bumped the girl and I immediately apologized,” Pan said.

READ: SOHO CEO Pan Shiyi Denies Striking Airline Attendant as
Photos Go Viral

Photos and a video emerged last week that showed Pan standing beside a check-in desk in conversation with a Shenzhen Airlines worker.The airline worker can be seen in the video cradling her mouth after they both tried to gain possession of an object. Pan’s sudden movement apparently resulted in him accidentally striking the woman.

Pan had been redirected to Shenzhen Airport after the engine malfunctioned on his plane to Beijing. Despite changing tickets for another flight to the capital, Pan was not allowed to board because his ticket had not been authorized at a security checkpoint.

Pan admitted many details of the story last week, including that he was delayed at Shenzhen Airport and was denied boarding, but he categorically denied having struck the woman, calling the accusation a “sheer rumor”.

After the incident, Shenzhen Airlines issued a statement denying any physical altercation occurred between Pan and the airline worker.

Online rumors have surrounded Pan before. In 2012, allegations surfaced that Pan had fathered a seven year-old love child with a former mistress.

Photo: Nanfang


Knife Attack Rumor Launches Stampede on Guangzhou Metro

Posted: 06/9/2014 2:42 pm

guangzhou subway stampede terrorism panic attack knife Six people were injured when passengers aboard a Guangzhou Metro Line 3 subway train panicked and began a stampede, reports Sina News Video.

A passenger called out, “There’s a knife attack!” as the subway train pulled into Meihuayuan Station at around 1pm. This caused a surge of people to come from the back of the train, leading to an immediate evacuation onto the subway platform.

The cause of the stampede may be due to a person who had fainted aboard the train.

READ: Knife Attack at Guangzhou Train Station Injures Six People
Suspect “Acted Alone” in Knife Attack At Guangzhou Railway Station

Ever since a number of knife and bomb attacks throughout the country earlier this year, public anxiety has been high as crowds have panicked while the threat of terrorism remains a hot topic in the media.

One person has been charged with spreading rumors online after Shenzhen crowds panicked when a shelf was pushed down in a subway plaza mall near the Dongmen pedestrian walkway, causing a stampede captured on video.

READ: Guangzhou Jittery After False Reports of Knife, Bomb Attacks

Commuters ran for their lives from the Guomao Subway Station on Beijing Metro’s Line 1 on June 5, reports Want China Times. The chaotic stampede was later attributed to a fight between two passengers.

Passengers on the Beijing Metro also experienced another panic attack on April 16 when a dispute between two commuters at the Huixinxijie Nankou Station on Line 5 caused a stampede when panicked passengers tried to get off the train too quickly, reports iFeng.

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Other instances of stampedes causing injury or death not related to terrorism have previously occurred in China. Four elementary school children died when an iron gate failed to open at the bottom of a stairwell after the end of classes. Eight people died and 26 were injured at the Yucai Middle School in Hunan after the end of classes.


Photo: Sina News Video via Weibo


Watch: Shenzhen Residents Run For Their Lives From Rumored Knife Attack

Posted: 05/29/2014 10:36 am

shenzhen panicMass panic, complete bedlam: video surveillance of Dongmen Pedestrian Walkway in Shenzhen this past Sunday shows a scene of utter chaos. The vicious knife attack that was rumored to have happened turned out not to be true, and neither was the actual cause of this panic.

RELATED: Panic in Shenzhen After Stabbing Rumor Spreads

The text at the beginning of this video reads (text missing from the truncated Liveleak version as are shots of police, but retains the suspenseful music nonetheless):

Knife Attack at Dongmen Pedestrian Street in Shenzhen Verified as an Online Rumor by Police

On the afternoon of May 25, information spread online stating a knife attack had occurred at Dongmen pedestrian walkway. When police rushed to the scene, they discovered there was no such case, but instead the chaos was due to a rack being knocked down in a subway shop by a person with a mental illness; this led to the surrounding crowd dispersing and causing panic. Here, QQ Live Video has obtained surveillance video of the scene.

Wait, so all this panic and people running for their lives was caused by one guy pushing down a rack in a store? Based upon the scant information we have, we can only surmise the guy who pushed down the shelf must be eight feet tall and works for Tywin Lannister, or that the rack that got knocked over must have held some kind of panic potion (conveniently bottled in fragile glass mason jars), or something to do with the detail of mental illness that always gets mentioned in stories like this.

They’re not the only ones. Shenzhen Daily reports this story with the following line:

Instead, police said the panic was caused by a suspected mental patient pushing over a shelf at Dongmen Metro Shopping Center.

But like the title of the video, the title of this story states that a rumor, not a suspected mental patient, is the cause of the panic:

Rumor causes panic at Laojie

Yes, a story about a rumor spinning out of control can’t get its own facts straight and causes more chaos, something that does qualify as “ironic” in every sense of the word if you’ve been waiting for a correct usage of the word.

As we reported yesterday, a 26 year-old Shaanxi woman surnamed Li has been arrested for her part in spreading rumors and inciting panic in the public. After some guy pushed down a shelf in a store (something something mental disease), Li made a post on Weibo that specifically described a knife attack happening in Dongmen by two men of an unclear ethnic origin and even posted bloody pictures of the scene (read the message in full here).

A person with mental disease named Huang but otherwise known as “Shelves McPushalot” is not the cause of the panic, otherwise he and his mental disease would be in jail; instead, he is the cause of the rumor.

The rumors are the cause of the panic.

[h/t Kotaku]

Photo: Sohu screenshot


Obscene Content May Be Banned from China’s Video Game Ads

Posted: 04/25/2014 12:16 pm

online video game girl obscene naked ban

The raid on the Shenzhen offices of Kuaibo on April 22 was regarded as an initiative by the government to get tough on copyright infringement. However, news of the police raid has sent shockwaves through the Chinese online video game industry as rumors swirl of a “obscenity ban“, iQiLu reported.

The rumored ban would prohibit video game companies from using licentious material in any of its advertising. Apparently a notice has already been sent to game companies that says video game advertisements that expose sensitive body parts through the use of short sleeves, shorts, skirts, and bathing suits are prohibited. Any physical contact between men and women characters are forbidden, though its not sure how violence is covered under these rules.

The rumors true or not, yesterday saw a downward trend in the stock market for just about every Chinese online gaming company. Shares plummeted for video game companies like OurPalm, Shunwang Technology, and Aisidi.

Besides its reputation as a notorious pirate that rebroadcast unlicensed material, Kuaidi is well-known for its racy video game advertisements.  An unnamed industry insider likens the investigation to an “attack” and gave this analysis:

What can most attract traffic on the internet is lascivious material. Reading material and news can not compare with this. Because of its individual characteristics, it was very easy for Kuaibo to attract online gaming companies to purchase advertising on its streaming products.

The fear is resonated by this representative of an unidentified Beijing-based online video game company:

The investigation of Kuaibo is a signal. During this initiative, will they continue to investigate other promotional avenues of the online gaming industry? What’s next, investigating the content of online games themselves?

For its part, Kuaidi has admitted that police visited their offices, but denies that any arrests were made. The company is adamant that is has resumed normal operations.

The government initiative to police the Chinese internet of obscene and copyright infringement began earlier this month.

Despite its effect upon the industry, Caijing reported the rumored ban as false, confirming that there is no such ban after contacting several video game companies.

Between this and the prostitution crackdown in Dongguan that continues to plague the city’s economy, we can only hope that adhering to moral principles doesn’t have a detrimental effect upon China’s economic prosperity.

Photo: 55g, kaifu


Shenzhen Health Dept: “Three Month Old Avian Flu Rumor is a Lie”

Posted: 04/8/2014 3:53 pm

white mask practice avian flu h7n9 Shenzhen city officials are reassuring an anxious public by dissuading any rumors that a Shenzhen doctor had contracted the H7N9 virus and died from a case of avian flu.

The city of Shenzhen Health and Family Planning Committee took to its official Weibo account to quash all rumors that any such situation had occurred at any of its hospitals, NFDaily reported. The officials called it a “complete rumor” and stated that all precautionary measures are taken during an outbreak.

If this news should prove to be comforting, it still does not come as decisive action. The rumor was first made on January 24, almost three months ago, a time made ancient by speeds of online networks; by now, James Franco would have gone on to promote his next movie with another social media hoax. But as to speculate why the Health Committee took so long in responding, it should be pointed out that a delay of three months is still not quite enough time to allow a doctor to contract the disease and then return from a state of death.

The latest confirmed case of avian flu in Guangdong was reported by the provincial health department on April 3. A 68 year-old man from Guangzhou has been confirmed with avian flu and is currently in critical condition. The previous reported case of avian flu came last week when a man in Shenzhen was positively identified with having contracted the H7N9 virus. 

At present there have been ten confirmed cased of avian flu in the city of Shenzhen: four have been treated and released, the rest have been sequestered and are receiving treatment. There are no fatalities so far.

Photo: aiqin88


Foshan Web editor detained for ‘rumor’ accusing gov’t prosecutors of prostitution

Posted: 03/5/2012 9:05 am

At 5pm on February 17, Shang Laicheng, a Web editor with Foshan’s popular local Tian Tian Xin forum (TTX), was intercepted by cops as he got off work in the city’s Chancheng district.

Shang’s arrest was made so suddenly, writes Southern Metropolis Daily, that Shang’s colleagues, caught off guard, chose to wait it out. Ten days later, Shang still hadn’t shown up for work, and his absence online led to a lot of whining readers; his phone remained shut off and, with no family in the area, Shang remained equally unreachable.

Up in Shanxi province, however, Shang’s family received notice on Day 10 from Foshan’s Public Security Bureau (PSB) of his criminal detention on charges of suspicion of malicious slander.

Police in Foshan say Shang was detained for reposting an article alleging that two procurators in Chancheng had recently been caught soliciting sex, but were allowed to walk free the next morning.

The online article, published on TTX at 9am on the day of Shang’s arrest, was read over a thousand times before it was deleted two hours later by Jingjing and Chacha. Shang posted it to the forum using a temporarily registered account, “Zheng Yi Zhi Yin” (The voice of justice), which police were able to quickly track to its owner.

As for what was written, the Foshan Procuratorate refuted it as rumor through its official Weibo account, saying that the post in question was a total fabrication which caused damage to the reputation of judicial authorities. The text has been translated by Penn Olson here:

After Spring Festival, the two prosecutors from the Foshan Chancheng District prosecutors’ office received ‘one-stop service’ from our sisters [i.e., prostitutes] at a sauna, and were caught completely naked at the scene by police from the Zumiao PSB substation. But the two were driving around and strolling the streets the next day, they didn’t get in any trouble whatsoever. Boo hoo, and yet our sisters are still suffering.

Given the Procuratorate’s direct role in the scandal, however, the refutation left netizens unconvinced.

Following an investigation, police discovered that Shang was not the original author of the post, but had only reposted it, and decided to lighten Shang’s penalty from criminal detention to administrative detention of 10 days. Shang was finally released on the evening of February 28.

Shang and his employer’s lawyers told Southern Metropolis Daily that they will appeal to the Foshan PSB for a review of the case and demand compensation.

Is the onus on publishers to verify all content they put out? Shang has since said he realizes he was wrong to not do so, but added that his lawyer will be handling all further matters related to his case.

Police in Foshan, meanwhile, claim to have come closer to identifying the source of the text, revealing that it was published to a separate local forum, Shi Er Qian (诗二千), on the evening of February 16.

Shang, following his release.

Southern Metropolis Daily quotes law experts who comment that Shang’s behavior in this case doesn’t constitute the crime of making a false accusation, as the post never disclosed any specific names. Based on legal procedure, they argue, even if the content of the post was untrue, the PSB ought to have provided evidence to refute the rumor instead of directly applying a criminal penalty.

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