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Shared Destiny and APEC

Models show off designer face masks at Beijing Fashion Week; source: 雾霾频发引出中国国际时装周“口罩秀”

Models show off designer face masks at Beijing Fashion Week; source: 雾霾频发引出中国国际时装周“口罩秀”

Shared Destiny
People’s Daily: Chinese FM: China, Asia-Pacific become community of shared destiny

China and the Asia-Pacific region have become a community of shared destiny, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in Beijing Wednesday.

Xinhua: 王毅:让北京APEC在亚太区域合作和全球经济发展中留下印记
[Foreign Minister] Wang Yi: Let the Beijing APEC summit leave a deep imprint on Asia Pacific cooperation and global economic development


The decline of Weibo
Offbeat China: Prominent Weibo account with more than 7 million followers was sold for 50 yuan ($8)

Hong Kong and Occupy
New York Times
Taking Back Hong Kong’s Future
By Joshua Wong Chi-Fung
Hong Kong Paper Drops Pro-Democracy Column
Backing Protests, Chow Yun-fat Shrugs Off Risk to Career

Somatosphere: From the dragon’s perspective: an initial report on China’s response to the unfolding Ebola epidemic

Fourth plenum and fazhi 法治
Chinese Law Prof Blog: The Fourth Plenum’s “Decision”: my take

Tencent WeChat: “王诚”叔侄神秘财富拼图
The puzzle behind the fortunes of “Wang Cheng” uncle and nephew (also here, full Chinese text archived here).

Xi’s pet blogger Zhou Xiaoping
Global Post: The Chinese president’s favorite blogger hates America

Nine poets including Peking University professor Fan Zeng write laudatory verses for Xi Jinping to celebrate his arts and culture speech

Below is a scrapbook of links and artefacts retrieved 289 October 2014.

Nine poets including Peking University professor Fan Zeng write laudatory verses for Xi Jinping to celebrate his arts and culture speech

Nine poets including Peking University professor Fan Zeng write laudatory verses for Xi Jinping to celebrate his arts and culture speech

Fourth Plenum documents and reports
China Copyright and Media
CCP Central Committee Decision concerning Some Major Questions in Comprehensively Moving Governing the Country According to the law (translation and original Chinese text 中共中央关于全面推进依法治国若干重大问题的决定)

Eighteen sentences to look at ruling the country by law and constitution
China to ban extralegal administration with power list
Chinese officials obligated to pledge allegiance to Constitution

Media regulation and censorship
China Broadcast Net: 全国新闻网站将正式推行新闻记者证制度
All news websites nationwide to formally enter the news journalist system [including Marxism Lenism tests etc.)

China Digital Times
Yanhuang Chunqiu Fights for Editorial Independence

China Daily / Xinhua
Xi calls for new type of think tanks

Sina: 北大教授范曾等作诗9首贺习近平文艺座谈会讲话
Nine poets including Peking University professor Fan Zeng write laudatory verses for Xi Jinping to celebrate his arts and culture speech

27 October 2014: Questions about the “Thousand Talents” Grant

Below is a scrapbook of links and news retrieved on 27 October 2014.

Scientist Charges China’s “Thousand Talents” Grant Was a Rent-a-Laowai Scam

Physicist Ulf Leonhardt made headlines when he published a theoretical framework for an invisibility cloak. Not long afterwards, he was recruited by the Centre for Optical and Electronic Research (COER) at South China University, at a salary of RMB 133,333 ($21,762) per month — three times his tenured position at the University of St. Andrews.

COER helped him apply to a Chinese government grant program for attracting foreign talent, the Recruitment Program of Foreign Experts. But Leonhardt would subsequently come to suspect that much of the grant money was being diverted to other uses. “The fraud they committed was so brazen,” charges Leonhardt.

Maria Hvistendahl, a reporter in China for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) writes about Leonhardt’s claims in an excellent article, Show Me the Money: a Bitter Dispute Lays Bare Questionable Practices in China’s Foreign Talent Programs, Science Magazine (Oct. 25, 2014) (subscription required).

The Recruitment Program for Foreign Experts is part of the government’s Thousand Talent Plan (千人计划), established in 2008 by the Communist Party’s Organization Department. The goal of the Recruitment Program for Foreign Experts is “to recruit non-ethnic Chinese experts, who are strategic scientists, leading experts in science and technology, or internationalized innovative teams capable of achieving critical technological breakthroughs, advancing the high-tech industries and promoting new disciplines.”

Leonhardt’s experience, as retold by Hvistendahl, has all the hallmarks of a “rent-a-laowai” scam.

Xi at the Helm

Reform, rule of law 法治
Xinhua Insight: China’s legal renaissance sounds death knell for Guanxi
Reuters: Chinese filmmaker to stand trial for constitution documentary
Xinhua via Netease: 中国拟将12月4日设立为国家宪法日

Heritage and preservation, urban planning
Global Times: Leadership shake-ups raise fears of a stall in Shanxi city’s drive to remake itself

Many residents are now questioning whether an ambitious project to remake the ancient quarter of Datong, in Shanxi Province, will be finished at all. Beginning in 2008, the city’s former mayor commissioned a project in which much of the city’s oldest district was to be renovated or rebuilt. But the process has slowed following his transfer to another city. Even worse, another high official in Datong was recently placed under investigation, part of a broader shake-up of Shanxi officialdom.

Creating a disturbance under rule of law

Below is a scrapbook of links retrieved on 26 October 2014.

Writer Tie Liu 铁流 charged with creating a disturbance
The New York Times: Beijing Formally Charges Writer Who Published Memoirs of Victims of Mao Era

The police in Beijing have formally charged an 81-year-old writer, Tie Liu [real name Huang Zerong 黄泽荣], for privately publishing the testimony of aged or dead victims of Mao Zedong’s wrath and for writing scathing essays about Mao and present-day Communist Party leaders, Mr. Tie’s wife and his lawyer said on Thursday…

…“I had expected bad news,” Mr. Tie’s wife, Ren Hengfang, said in a telephone interview from Beijing. “But this still seems a bit abnormal.”

Ms. Ren said the police visited her on Thursday to tell her that Mr. Tie had been formally arrested on two crimes: illegal business activities and “creating a disturbance.”

See also BBC: China detains writer Tie Liu for ‘provoking trouble’

Legal system 法治 and intellectual property law
Xinhua: China to hasten establishing circuit courts,最高法:加快组建知识产权法院,尽快设立最高法巡回法庭

Legal system and Internet
Xinhua: 鲁炜:推进网络空间法治化
10月24日,中央网信办举办“学习宣传党的十八届四中全会精神 全面推进网络空间法治化”座谈会。中宣部副部长、中央网信办主任、国家网信办主任鲁炜参加座谈并讲话。


South China Morning Post: China announces penalty points plan to curb abuse of internet

Regulator announces carrot-and-stick system for internet users, with analysts saying it will target commercial fraud and pornography

Africa: Arms trade and ebola
Sudan Tribune: S. Sudanese rebels asked Beijing not to sell weapons to Juba

October 24, 2014 (NAIROBI) – The opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM) led by former vice-president, Riek Machar asked the Chinese government to stop selling weapons to president Salva Kiir’s government, an official has disclosed.

“During the visit to Beijing on 21st September, our delegation led by the Chairman of External Relations Committee, Dr. Dhieu Mathok Diing, asked the Chinese government to stop selling weapons to the regime in Juba,” Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak told Sudan Tribune on Friday.

“The Chinese ministry of Foreign Affairs responded positively in which they informed our delegation that they already instructed their institutions to stop selling and delivery of military equipment to Juba…”

China Daily: China to provide the 4th batch of assistance to fight ebola

Xi announced Chinese government’s decision to provide relevant countries and international organizations with the fourth batch of assistance worth a total of 500 million RMB Yuan, or roughly US$ 82 million. They will include:

• Providing hospital beds, ambulances, pickup trucks, motorcycles, incinerators, preventive gear and other much-needed supplies to the three epidemic-stricken countries.
• Building a 100-bed treatment center in Liberia where the epidemic is most serious and sending doctors and nurses there for its operation.
• Sending public health experts to the three countries to help with and participate in epidemic prevention and control efforts of their governments, introduce China’s experience and provide guidance to improve work plans and technical guidelines.
• Sending more public health personnel to provide training to local medical and epidemic prevention and control staff…

The New York Times: Modi’s Idea of India
By Pankaj Mishra

Narendra Modi, India’s new prime minister and main ideologue of the Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, is stoking old Hindu rage-and-shame over what he calls more than a thousand years of slavery under Muslim and British rule. Earlier this month, while India and Pakistan were engaging in their heaviest fighting in over a decade, Mr. Modi claimed that the “enemy” was now “screaming.”…

…India’s recent economic travails and diminished international standing have frustrated these rising Indians’ sense of entitlement, provoking them to lash out at such handy scapegoats as “racist” and “Orientalist” Westerners and Indian libtards and sepoys. Typical of their ersatz nativism is a book entitled “The New Clash of Civilizations,” which gleefully heralds India’s hegemony worldwide. It was written by Minhaz Merchant, the Anglicized former editor of a defunct lifestyle magazine called Gentleman and now a self-appointed publicist for the prime minister. Many such “Modi Toadies,” as Salman Rushdie calls them, had Western tails once, like the Harvard-economist-turned-book-burner.

Hong Kong: stars face boycott over support for protests

Below is a list of links retrieved on 25 October 2014.

Blogger Zhou Xiaoping
China Digital Times: Drawing the News: Xi Jinping and Zhou Xiaoping

Image by Rebel Pepper; source: China Digital Times -  Drawing the News: Xi Jinping and Zhou Xiaoping

Image by Rebel Pepper; source: China Digital Times – Drawing the News: Xi Jinping and Zhou Xiaoping

In Rebel Pepper’s cartoon, an imperial guard presents Fang Zhouzi to Xi Jinping, snuggled in bed with his concubine, Zhou Xiaoping. “What do you say, my darling?” Xi asks Zhou. “How should we let him know not to pick on you?” Zhou demurs, “It’s totally up to you, dearest ♥︎”

Reuters: China to offer $82 million in fourth round of Ebola aid

China said on Friday it would donate 500 million yuan ($82 million) to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to battle Ebola, its largest round of aid to help contain the spread of the deadly virus.

This was the fourth round of Chinese aid against Ebola, the highly infectious haemorrhagic fever that has killed more than 4,800 people since its worst epidemic on record began earlier this year.

China has sent hundreds of aid workers to Africa to help fight the Ebola outbreak and so far has contributed about $40 million in aid to fight the disease, including $6 million to the World Food Programme.

Hong Kong protests
The New York Times: Hong Kong Stars Face Mainland Boycott Over Support for Protests

BEIJING — On the night of Oct. 4, at one of the largest pro-democracy rallies in Hong Kong to date, Denise Ho, a local pop singer, performed a new song, “Raise the Umbrella,” a reference to the ubiquitous umbrellas that protesters have used to ward off pepper spray. Tens of thousands waved their lighted-up cellphones in the air, the crowd ecstatic.

But it is unlikely that Ms. Ho will be singing that song in mainland China, where, she said the other day, she gets about 80 percent of her income, mostly from performances. She has had no invitations to perform there since the summer, when she began publicly showing support for the budding pro-democracy movement. A fashion brand recently canceled a job with her, giving no particular reason, she said.

The New York Times: Modi’s idea of India
by Pankaj Mishra
Hindu nationalists are vengeful nativists who recoil from the West while promoting their own religious and racial supremacy.

Xi Jinping’s umbrella, Ebola, and Occupy

This post is a list of comments and links to articles and materials retrieved on 24 October 2014.

Xinhua: Source: 一图读懂十八届四中全会公报

Infographic on CPC 4th Plenum from Xinhua: 一图读懂十八届四中全会公报

China Copyright and Media: Official Central Committee Communiqué on 4th Plenum
Xinhua: 授权发布:中国共产党第十八届中央委员会 – 第四次全体会议公报, Highlights of communique of 4th plenary session of CPC Central Committee, Party’s leadership “most fundamental guarantee” for rule of law in China: communique
People’s Daily: 人民日报社论:实现依法治国的历史跨越

The New York Times: Beijing Formally Charges Writer Who Published Memoirs of Victims of Mao Era

The police in Beijing have formally charged an 81-year-old writer, Tie Liu, for privately publishing the testimony of aged or dead victims of Mao Zedong’s wrath and for writing scathing essays about Mao and present-day Communist Party leaders, Mr. Tie’s wife and his lawyer said on Thursday.

Sina: 习近平在汉冒雨考察照片获中国新闻奖一等奖(图)
A photo of Xi Jinping with his trousers rolled up and holding his own umbrella while visiting a container facility at the port of Wuhan wins first prize in China’s 20th Annual News Awards.
The complete list of award winners is hosted on Xinhua’s website: 第二十四届中国新闻奖参评作品网络公示. The awards are organized by the All China Journalists Association and Xinhua.

Global Times: In defense of the Party — Zhou Xiaoping courts controversy, limelight with patriotic writings

The controversially patriotic online writer Zhou Xiaoping was put in the limelight after appearing at a recent symposium on literature and art chaired by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who encouraged Zhou to “spread more positive energy” when he shook hands with him.

However, in cyberspace, as well as gaining a positive reputation, Zhou has become a target of verbal abuse, criticism and sarcasm because of his articles, which are widely considered as “singing the praises” of the government and “flattering” the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Fang Zhouzi blog: Fang Zhouzi Erased from China’s Social Media
China Digital Times: Zhou Xiaoping, Director of History
China Media Project: Zhou Xiaoping, “sunshine boy”
People’s Daily: Spat involving patriotic blogger spreads online

Reuters: Factbox: China’s reform tally since November 2013 policy meeting
A list of reforms and adjustments in the last year.

Caixin: 施政文:地方债“后门”能否真正堵住

Xinhua: HK Occupy movement impedes democracy: newspaper

By resorting to the extreme “occupy” measures to hijack Hong Kong public opinion and express their own views, the illegal movement is running counter to legal procedures and the democratic spirit, said a commentary carried by Thursday’s People’s Daily, the flagship newspaper of the Communist Party of China.

21CN: 东莞警方突查两家KTV带走60人
The Nanfang: Dongguan’s Sex Trade Is Back

The Nanfang: China’s Post-90s Generation Optimistic About Country’s Future
Chinese born in the 1990s are more optimistic about the country’s political and economic future than those born in the 1950s to 1980s, claims a Fudan University Study. Oddly, however, the study also reports that those born in the 1990s showed the least amount of interest in issues related to justice and social equality.
Chinese source — 中国社科院: 《中国网络社会心态报告》发布 详解中国代际群体特征

Global Times:
Ebola precautions boosted — 43 travelers in Guangdong test negative for infection

China has been actively ramping up its precautions against Ebola by screening inbound travelers from epidemic-ridden regions, as global health experts warn of growing risks of the spread of Ebola.No Ebola cases have been reported in China as of Wednesday.

On Tuesday, South China’s Guangdong Province ruled out 43 suspected Ebola cases.A total of 8,672 people from Ebola-ridden areas in Africa have entered Guangdong since August 23, with 5,437 of them discharged from medical observation so far, said Chen Yuansheng, director of the Guangdong Provincial Health and Family Planning Commission.

The Wall Street Journal: China’s Foray Into Africa Helps Add Ammunition to Ebola Fight

Last month, a medical team from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention landed in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, bringing supplies and government orders to construct an Ebola lab near the capital, according to China’s Foreign Ministry. Among those tapped for the mission, truck drivers from China Railway Construction Corp. ferried in the 105 tons of supplies while Chinese construction companies worked long hours over a week to assemble the facility, according to the companies involved.

For a country that is a major investor in Africa and an extractor of its energy and mineral wealth, China is being criticized by some for not punching its weight in a crisis that threatens Chinese commercial interests.

Chinese officials have said recently the country had already offered around $40 million in assistance to the region. That’s roughly a fifth of the more than $200 million the U.S. has contributed or committed to the Ebola effort, according to data from U.N.’s Financial Tracking Service. Chinese trade with the three hardest hit nations by comparison stood at $5.1 billion in 2013, or roughly 10 times the size of U.S. trade with the countries.

Thousands of Chinese nationals appear to have left Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, and many that remain are hunkered down.

The Guardian: China’s strangest buildings, from pairs of pants to ping-pong bats
Good selection of photos of buildings including the ‘Big Underpants’ CCTV building in Beijing, and various edifices that look like teapots, circles, coins, and mobile phones.

China Story Dossier: October 13 to 22

This is a list of links to articles and materials of note about China from 13 to 22 October 13, 2014.

22 October
Feichangdao blog: Baidu, Qihoo, Sina, and Tencent Silence Fang Zhouzi After He Criticizes Zhou Xiaoping – Blogger Praised by China’s President

21 October
Duowei News: 中共党媒谈周小平:大狗叫,也得让小狗叫
Foreign Policy: Is This the New Face of China’s Silent Majority?

China’s president recently lauded Zhou Xiaoping for spreading “positive energy.” But many of his writings are rants against the United States.

China Digital Times: Minitrue: Fang Zhouzi Digs into Zhou Xiaoping Hong Kong has too many poor people to allow direct elections, leader says
New York Times: Hong Kong Leader Reaffirms Unbending Stance on Elections

20 October
Wenxue City: 方舟子炮轰周小平满嘴跑火车:他梦游美利坚(图)
China Digital Times: Ten arts one-liners from “Big Daddy Xi”
Xinhua: Peng eyes ongoing AIDS fight

18 October 2014
Christian Science Monitor: Sensing subversion, China throws the book at kids’ libraries

17 October 2014
People’s Daily: 瑕不掩瑜,我们需要一个略带瑕疵的周小平

16 October 2014
Communist Part Member Weixin Account 共产党员微信账号: 习近平:文艺不能当市场奴隶 不要沾满铜臭气
China Copyright and Media: Xi Jinping’s Talks at the Beijing Forum on Literature and Art
China Digital Times: Minitrue: Hush Story on Xi’s Praise for Patriotic Bloggers , Xi Jinping Calls for Artists to Spread ‘Chinese Values’
China Media Project: Ten arts one-liners from “Big Daddy Xi”
Xi Jinping’s pet blogger Zhou Xiaoping’s Sina blog: 《请不要辜负这个时代》 -如果你也骂过这个国家,就请斗胆进来看看
Consensus Net: ”>章诗依:周小平的美好时代
Global Times: 环球今日评:习大大见周小平,有人心里打翻了五味瓶
Zhou Feiya Small Study Group Wechat: 【内部料】文艺座谈会最全与会者名单曝光
Changjiang Daily: 原来花千芳就是因为这篇文章被习总召见
Tencent News: 北大教授:周小平的意义

15 October 2014
Xinhua: China Voice: Boom of arts, a must for Chinese dream
Reuters: China blocks BBC website as Hong Kong tensions rise
The People’s Daily: 习近平:坚持以人民为中心的创作导向 创作更多无愧于时代的优秀作品–时政–人民网
New/Old Yan’an Talks: Very grim, but hardly surprising. CCTV ‘good tourist’ ad pulled: Chinese broadcaster pulls urinating panda
Xinhua: Xi demands moral art

14 October 2014
The Guardian: The western model is broken
By Pankaj Mishra
The People’s Daily: 习近平提及的十句古代治国思想名言是何意?

13 October 2014
The New York Times: Chinese Scholar Who Helped in an Escape Is Detained for ‘Picking Quarrels’
Yahoo/ Reuters: Yahoo: China says arrested assistant for German paper working illegally
‘arrested on suspicion of “causing a disturbance”’

Guo Meimei confession on CCTV

Guo Meimei's "trial by CCTV" (Image source:

Guo Meimei’s “trial by CCTV” (Image source:

From the South China Morning Post:

‘I like to show off’: Chinese celebrity Guo Meimei 郭美美 confesses to prostitution, gambling charges on state TV

Infamous internet celebrity Guo Meimei appeared on state television wearing orange prison attire on Sunday night, remorseful and in tears over her luxurious lifestyle and the public relations stunt that single-handedly destroyed the reputation of the Red Cross Society of China.

The 23-year-old was detained in Beijing last month on gambling-related charges. Her “confession” broadcast on state-run television marked the end of a months-long investigation by a special cross-provincial police unit.

Guo is the latest in a series of detained celebrities to be paraded on CCTV with pre-trial taped confessions. The practice has already been used to shame Chinese-American blogger Charles Xue 薛蛮子, journalist Gao Yu 高瑜, and British consultant Peter Humphrey, among others

CCTV itself has been under the spotlight from anti-corruption investigators: Finance and economics channel channel director-general Guo Zhenxi, controversial news host Rui Chenggang 芮成钢 and several others have been taken away for questioning. According to commercial media such as — but not central state media — the latest victims at CCTV are two female new anchors that Chinese are said to be involved in the Zhou Yongkang case.


People’s Daily on Xi Jinping visit to Cuba

July 23: Arrival in Cuba

July 23: Arrival in Cuba

After finishing his state visit to Venezuela, Xi Jinping arrived late on July 21 in Havana for the last leg of the Latin American tour. The People’s Daily front page on July 23 was still mostly concerned with the Venezuelan leg of the trip, but one short article announced his arrival in Havana.

July 24: Meetings, visits, medals

July 24: Meetings, visits, medals

For the next two days, however, on July 24 and 25, the newspaper’s front page was largely dominated by Xi’s trip to Cuba. The July 24 front page prominently displayed an image of Xi with Cuban “revolutionary leader” Fidel Castro on July 22. The newspaper described how the two, in an “intimate and friendly atmosphere”, discussed the current global situation. Xi expressed his great respect and admiration for the founder of the Cuban revolution and of China-Cuba relations. Xi then told Castro that his current trip was to continue the work of the previous generation to enhance the traditional friendship between the two countries.

July 25: Visit to Santiago de Cuba and departure

July 25: Visit to Santiago de Cuba and departure

Also on the 22nd, Xi held a meeting with Raul Castro, chairperson of the Council of State of Cuba and the President of the Council of Ministers of Cuba, in an “amiable, friendly and sincere atmosphere” as the two leaders looked back on the history of China-Cuba relations and planned for future development. Following further discussion, the two leaders witnessed the signing of a number of bilateral cooperation documents in connection with the economy, trade, agriculture, energy, mining, finance, biotechnology, communications, infrastructure, health, culture and education. On the same day Xi was awarded the Jose Marti Medal for his achievements in expanding China-Cuba relations and for the successes of Socialism with Chinese characteristics. This followed the medal Xi was awarded in Venezuela a few days prior.

On the following day, July 23, Xi accompanied Raul Castro to visit several historical sites in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba’s second city, also known as the City of Heroes, including the tomb of Jose Marti and the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, and Moncada Barracks. Witnessing the heritage of Cuban history and Communist martyrs, Xi remarked that “only when history is engraved in our memory can we face the future”. That night, Xi Jinping departed Cuba.

Links and sources
People’s Daily (人民日报): 习近平开始对古巴进行国事访问; 习近平探望古巴革命领袖菲德尔·卡斯特罗; 习近平接受古巴“何塞·马蒂”勋章; 习近平同古巴国务委员会主席兼部长会议主席劳尔·卡斯特罗举行会谈; 习近平在劳尔·卡斯特罗全程陪同下访问古巴圣地亚哥

Scores dead in Jiangsu factory explosion

On 2 August, an explosion in a Taiwanese-owned enterprise metal products factory in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, left at least 75 people dead and 185 others injured. The Zhongrong Metal Products Company (中荣金属制品有限公司) plant’s core business is electroplating aluminum alloy wheel hubs for clients including US carmakers like General Motors, among others, according to its website.

The news spread quickly on social media, with gory mobile phone photos of burn victims attracting much attention.

Supervisors at the factory are being questioned and authorities have described the blast as a serious security incident caused by criminal negligence by the plant’s management, Xinhua reported. Kunshan, a city not far from Shanghai and about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) southeast of Beijing, homes to a number of factories that make automotive components.