This scrapbook of links was compiled 26 January 2015
New York Times: Film Highlights Air Pollution’s Broad Reach
Censorship, ideology, Internet sovereignty
Global Times: Foreign VPN service unavailable in China
Cyber security analysts on Thursday defended China’s Internet management after an overseas VPN (virtual private network) company on Wednesday announced some of its users in China have been unable to use the service since an upgrade of the Great Firewall, China’s Internet infrastructure. Cyber services should observe the network governance of the country for safety, analysts urged…
…”Authorities apparently cannot ignore those services as they affect our cyberspace sovereignty. For instance, a shortcut has to be blocked since it could be used for some ulterior purposes although it might affect others who use it in a right way,” said Qin.
An article recently published on an influential Party-run magazine’s website has spurred heated online discussion after criticizing some university professors for “smearing China.”
The article, written by the publicity department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Ningbo Committee in Zhejiang Province and published on the website of Qiushi magazine on Saturday, which is run by the CPC Central Committee, discussed the current challenges of ideological work in colleges.
It said some academics have been venting “negative energy” in their classes, frequently using China as a negative example when explaining concepts, which crossed the “ideological bottom line,” citing well known scholars He Weifang and Chen Danqing as particularly bad specimens.
“He Weifang promoted constitutionalism on his Weibo account while Chen Danqing [painter and author] published articles which overly-praised the US, and have caused obvious impact on the public.”
Seeking Truth: 红旗文稿 | 如何认识社会主义核心价值观中的“自由”
Sohu.com: 党媒批高校教师抹黑中国 点名陈丹青贺卫方
Gypsy Rose blog: 赵楚：评《求是》攻击贺陈事件 (original deleted, link to Google cache)
iFeng / People’s Daily: 中央文献研究室原主任：意识形态领域情况复杂而严峻 (text archived at bottom of post).
Global Times: Robust laws needed to handle provocation
A reporter, formerly of German weekly newspaper Die Zeit‘s Beijing office, Angela Köckritz, recently made accusations in mainstream Western media outlets that Chinese authorities had arrested her Chinese assistant Zhang Miao in early October, because she had attended events in support of the Occupy Central movement in Hong Kong.
Köckritz claimed that she left Beijing for Germany for the sake of her own safety. She alleged Zhang’s arrest was not made in accordance with Chinese laws and questioned whether China is a country based on the rule of law.
The Atlantic on Monday published on its website an article titled “News Assistants: The Unsung Heroes of Journalism in China,” which said that in China, “News assistants face risks that far exceed those of their foreign colleagues.”
These commentaries are quite emotional. Zhang presents an unusual case. While quite a few Chinese reporters switch between working as assistants for foreign media outlets in China and domestic media, physical safety has never been a barrier. Zhang’s behavior has apparently gone beyond her duty…
…It’s been a thorny issue in China’s legal sector to define and handle political acts that relate to provocation and incitement. These cases always invite criticism from dissidents in China and Western forces.
Bloomberg: Death Threats and Dawn Raids: China’s Anti-Corruption Drive
Xinhua: 非实名手机卡想买就能买 实名制走通”最后一公里”有多难？
Article on the difficulty of enforcing a real name registration system for mobile phone accounts; in China it remains very easy to buy a SIM card and get connected with no ID.
Internet by the numbers
China’s online population reaches 648 mln
Tech in Asia: China web and mobile by the numbers at the beginning of 2015
China now has 642 million active internet users (out of a global total of 3.01 billion)
China’s web users have 629 million active social media accounts (from a global tally of 2.08 billion)
Those web users make up 47 percent of China’s population
China has 1.3 billion mobile connections (out of 3.65 billion around the world)
China now has 565 million mobile internet users, which is 41 percent of its population
Xi at the Helm, ethnic minorities policy
Communist Party WeChat account: 习近平:全面实现小康 一个民族都不能少
Tokyo Reporter: Chinese tourists exacting ‘revenge’ at soaplands in Tokyo’s Yoshiwara
“During the sessions, the Chinese guys will repeat the same phrase over and over,” says another soapland staff member. “After consulting with a person who speaks Chinese, the masseuses seem to think that the carnal activities are being used a means of atonement for Japan’s brutality during World War II. These guys seem to get really aroused in initiating ‘revenge sex’ for Japan’s invasion of their country.”
Jakarta Post: 300 Chinese nationals used Malaysia as transit point to join ISIS: Minister
The Diplomat: China created ISIS too
McClatchy: Are Muslim Uighurs fleeing China to join the Islamic State?
New York Times: The plunder of Myanmar
Beijing Investigating Detention of 100 Chinese in Myanmar