The China Story Dossier is a frequently updated archive of texts, links, news summaries and miscellanea connected to the China Story.

“Great Firewall has been upgraded for cyberspace sovereignty: source”

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.

The story was republished on the People’s Daily website, but not apparently in Chinese. See also 2012 Global Times story: Foreign-run VPNs illegal in China: govt

Global Times: Article on Party-run website chides academics for ‘smearing China’

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”
高校宣传思想工作难在哪里? 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.”

Islamic State
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

Archived article

Li Keqiang, Davos Man

Li Keqiang, Davos Man

From From China Daily: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, atop the 1,800-meter Schatzalp mountain, takes in the picturesque view of the Swiss mountain resort of Davos, Jan 21, 2015

Snowden and Internet security
New York Times: Among Snowden Leaks, Details of Chinese Cyberespionage

Ideology and censorship
Xinhua: 中共中央办公厅、国务院办公厅印发《关于进一步加强和改进新形势下高校宣传思想工作的意见》

Business and banking
Caixin: China Boots Up an Internet Banking Industry
Australian Spectator: Green light flashes for foreign investment in China

China to instill national characteristics in think tanks

This scrapbook of links was compiled 21 January 2015.

Ideology and censorship
People’s Daily: China to instill national characteristics in think tanks, 中办国办印发意见:到2020年重点建设一批高端智库

China issued a detailed guideline for a “new type [of] think tank with Chinese characteristics” to support development and strengthen soft power.

The guideline, which was jointly issued by the General Office of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council, said that by 2020, think tanks in all organs must clearly define their positions and specialties, with the aim that several think tanks will wield major influence in the world.

This new type of think tank will play an influential role in the policymaking process and the modernization of governance.

Think tanks should stick to Marxist ideology, follow the CPC’s leadership and provide intellectual support to help rejuvenate the nation, according to the guideline.

China Media Project: Your public account is history

People’s Daily: China denies being world’s No.1 economy

Claims that China has overtaken the United States as the world’s largest economy were denied by the head of China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Tuesday.

People’s Daily blog post: 人民日报海外版:比周永康有分量的超级老虎王即将现身

Blog post attributed to People’s Daily overseas edition says a tiger bigger than Zhou Yongkang soon to go down; post later deleted. (Link above is to Google cache, whole text archived at bottom of this post.

New York Times: Food Detectives on a Tough Case
A Lab Is Trying to Keep China From Dodging U.S. Tariffs on Honey

Party leadership
The Éminence Grise of Zhongnanhai
Li Zhanshu has received little attention so far, but he is clearly a man to watch

Rule of and by law
Xinhua: 习近平就政法工作作出重要指示强调

Haiwai Net: 广东:去年扫黄刑拘上万人 东莞已除“黄帽”
Guangdong: Last’s year’s anti-vice campaign resulted in more than 10,000 arrests, Dongguan has lost its ‘yellow hat’ (i.e. status as centre of prostitution).

The economy
Xinhua: 中国经济年度表情2014:喜·乐·忧·盼
The ‘expressions’ of China’s economy 2014: Happiness, joy, worry, hope.

Military affairs
Channel News Asia: China ‘never paid businessman’ who bought aircraft carrier

Archived text

‘University teachers are at the front lines of ideological work’

Ideology, thought work, censorship< , Internet controls/strong>
The Paper: 中办国办:高校书记校长要站在意识形态工作第一线
‘University teachers are at the front lines of ideological work’ Outlook grim – Chinese authorities attack Microsoft

Rule of law
BBC: Wealthy prisoners buy ‘get out of jail’ patents
Beijing Youth Daily: “监狱发明家”已成产业链?
Caixin: Rule of Law in China? Not Until Lawyers Are Respected

Global Times: Foreign face, Chinese heart

Li Yizu is not a typical Chinese man. For a start, he doesn’t look like one.
Ever since he was a child, he has been singled out for his chiseled facial features, blue eyes and blond hair.
In 1938, a year after Japan initiated its full-scale invasion of China, a Caucasian woman of unknown nationality gave birth to him in a Christian hospital in Tianjin. Then without a word, she vanished from his life.
His foster mother, a woman from Shandong Province, raised him during the turmoil of the war and later sent him to college in Beijing in the late 1950s.
For the next 50 years, Li worked as a geologist in Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, traveling through mountains and steppes to find mineral deposits.

“One billion harmful, erotic posts deleted”

This scrapbook of links was compiled 20 January, 2015.

Internet and media censorship
Xinhua: One billion harmful, erotic posts deleted in year-long Internet cleanup
Asia Society: Interview: Chinese News Assistants React to Arrest of Colleague Zhang Miao

Foreign affairs
Xinhua: Commentary: U.S. should listen to DPRK’s peace appeal
Xi eyes more enabling int’l environment for China’s peaceful development
Xinhua special feature on Li Keqiang attending the 2015 Davos summit.

Xi at the Helm, anti-corruption
Netease: 习近平为啥要找省委书记说事 反腐瞄准哪4类官员

General Secretary Xi Jinping tells you how the anti-corruption fight will go in 2015

Xi at the helm, anti-corruption
People’s Daily: 【图解】习近平总书记告诉你2015反腐败斗争怎么搞 (infographic reproduced below)

New York Times: In China’s Antigraft Campaign, Small Victories and Bigger Doubts

Financial Times: Chinese spymaster Ma Jian detained in corruption purge
Xinhua: 国家安全部副部长马建接受组织调查
Full text of article:

新华网北京1月16日电 记者从中央纪委获悉,国家安全部副部长、党委委员马建涉嫌严重违纪违法,目前正接受组织调查。

Xi in oil

This scrapbook of links was compiled on 15 January 2015

Xi at the Helm

People’s Daily: 如何跟上习近平新闻理念 习近平:一些干部为仕途搞匿名诬告制造谣言
Consensus Net: 萧功秦:习近平新政两周年的回顾与展望
Full text archived at bottom of post

Internet, media, censorship, and intimidation
Legal Daily: 2015年中国“扫黄打非”将以互联网为主战场
Xinhua: 中央网信办的2014年:互联网治理革新者和“建筑师”
Global Times: Prophet on ‘Charlie’ cover
Commentary: Against abusing free speech as against abridging it
Washington Post: China uses long-range intimidation of U.S. reporter to suppress Xinjiang coverage
Die Zeit: They have Miao
China Change: Zuckerberg Is Not Exactly Being Honest about Defending Freedom of Expression

Media Watch: Witness to First Shot in Charlie Hebdo Killings Angry at CCTV

China and the World
Global Times: 阎学通:整体的“周边”比美国更重要
Australian Financial Review: Putin’s iron rule: back in the USSR
People’s Daily: Expert: China’s diplomacy of words and of deeds

The most worrying thing is that China “wants nothing” but is assessed by foreign counties as “wanting everything”.

People’s Daily: 10 Turks detained for helping terror suspects fleeing China

Police in Shanghai have detained 10 Turkish nationals who allegedly provided assistance for terror suspects in Xinjiang.
According to the Beijing-based Global Times newspaper, 11 other people, including 9 terror suspects from Xinjiang, were also been taken into custody in November 2014.
The newspaper says the 10 Turkish detainees are accused of providing fake Turkish passports for terror suspects. The alleged terrorists were trying to leave China illegally through Shanghai Pudong Airport. Each of them had paid 60 thousand yuan for an illegal passport.

The excesses of the rich

Son of Chinese billionaire hires T-ara for birthday party performance

After the party, Wang updated his weibo with six Chinese Characters and a photo of T-ARA’s performance stating simply “With money, do as you will. Hehe ~”

Weibo: 有钱,任性。嘻嘻~

Rule of law
The Paper: 湖南“提前泄露”张家界涉黑案刑期,当事人告媒体侵犯名誉权

Coal, gangs and politics in Shanxi
South China Morning Post: Censored Chinese report links mystery coal tycoon Zhang Xinming to political elite

Mainland censors yesterday pulled a media report that alleged links between mysterious Shanxi coal-mining tycoon Zhang Xinming and a number of high-powered political figures.

The report by mainland business magazine Caijing described how Zhang, once the richest man in Shanxi, was allegedly mired in a world of murky coal mine deals, corruption and illegal financing.

The article went viral online and was pulled because it alluded to several high-ranking officials and relatives with close ties to Zhang.

Among them were three retired Shanxi leaders: former provincial party bosses Tian Chengping and Wang Maolin, as well as a former deputy party boss Yun Gongmin.

The cadres were not named in the original report but other media outlets published the names when they reprinted the story, sources said.

The Caijing report also said Zhang had close ties to the son of a major political figure, a reference understood to be to He Jintao, son of former anti-graft commission head and Politburo member He Guoqiang.

The South China Morning Post previously reported that He Jintao was under house arrest amid the investigation into former China Resources chairman Song Lin…
…The report said that Zhang built his coal mine empire in part by conspiring with police to launch investigations into coal mine owners. He would then step in to “help” the owners in return for shares in the firms or by fleecing them through his Macau operation.

山西政法无间道:黑帮成员考警校 卧底当内鬼
2015-01-12 06:54:25
来源:财经杂志 作者:李廷祯

Healthy, quality online literature

Propaganda, Internet, info control
Sina: 蒋建国任职湖南期间湖南卫视快速发展
A review of current State Council Information Office director Jiang Jianguo’s time as propaganda chief of Hunan, when Hunan Satellite TV’s commercial savvy and fresh programming style made it a major national player.

China Publish: 引导网络文学驶入健康发展“快车道”
Xinhua:China to foster “healthy, quality” online literature

China will foster online literature sites to lead creative work toward a healthier and higher quality direction over the next three to five years, according to a guideline issued in recent days.
The guideline came in response to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s remarks on art in a key seminar in October.
Issued by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT), the guideline said online literature has become an important part of the country’s digital publishing industry, gaining wide popularity among literature fans and young people.

Gloabl Times: Taiwan’s provocation embarrasses itself

Agriculture and food
People’s Daily: China to boost potato cultivation

China is boosting potato acreage to transform the crop into the country’s fourth staple food after rice, wheat and corn, said Yu Xinrong, vice minister of agriculture, at a seminar on Tuesday.

China Inc. Li Keqiang: China’s super salesman
Bloomberg: China Fast-Tracks $1 Trillion in Projects to Spur Growth
New York Times: China Wants Taxes Paid by Citizens Living Afar

Tencent News: 大学生成卵子交易链供卵主力
Students become important part of trade in ova (human eggs).

Latin America
Xinhua: 中国—拉共体论坛首届部长级会议在京开幕 习近平出席开幕式并致辞
First China-CELAC Forum ministerial meeting starts in Beijing

The first ministerial meeting of the Forum of China and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC)began in Beijing on Thursday.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solis, Ecuador President Rafael Correa Delgado, Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro Moros and Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie attended the opening ceremony of the two-day meeting at the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing.

China Daily: Panasonic joins trend of reshoring out of China

Petroleum Gang, Shanxi Gang, Secretary Gang

This scrapbook of links and images was compiled 6 January 2015.

Lu Wei meets Rupert Murdoch

Cyberspace Administration of China chief Lu Wei 鲁炜 meets Rupert Murdoch; source – Cyberspace Administration of China: 鲁炜会见新闻集团创始人、执行董事长默多克

People’s Daily: 媒体点名“三大帮派”代表人物


Global Times: 社评:脸谱封中国异见人士的号,有意思
Editorial on Facebook’s suspension of Liao Yiwu’s account, full text archived at bottom of this posting.

Economy and business
Caixin: 李克强:对微众银行充满期待
Li Keqiang launches the first loan by Tencent’s WeBank, China’s first online only bank.

Reuters: BMW agrees to pay $820 million subsidies to China dealers

German premium carmaker BMW has agreed to pay 5.1 billion yuan ($820 million) of subsidies to its dealers in China, ending months of bickering over who should bear the brunt of a market slowdown in the country last year.
“This is the biggest such subsidy we’ve had in China… because last year, dealers had the highest level of stockpile,” said Song Tao, deputy secretary general of the China Automobile Dealers Association (CADA), which had represented the dealers in the negotiations.

Utopia: [视频]宋方敏:当今中国意识形态领域状况

十八大以来,总书记高度重识意识形态工作,做了一系列的重要工作指示。我想,我们今天讨论这个意识形态领域的形势和任务,还是要从总书记指出的一些指导思想来考虑问题。首先我理解,总书记关于意识形态斗争的一系列指示,是为中国特色社会主义在世界上列于不败,迎得成功,为了这个重大历史使命,总结汲取了前苏联的教训,深刻研判我国的思想形势、思想现状,对抓好意识形态工作,作出了一整套的战略部署。为什么说是一整套的战略部署?我捋了一下,表现在五个方面。 一是看准了斗争目标。特别是通过中办9号文件和30号文件,这两个文件分析了意识形态领域严峻的形势,抓住了主要错误思潮,树起了靶子。意识形态斗争斗什么?实际上这两个文件非常重要,都是总书记讲话的概括,捋出头绪来,把靶子树起来了,这是看准了斗争目标。

Shanghai New Years Eve Stampede
Reuters: Shanghai stampede families await answers, fear being silenced


Deadly arrogance of ‘The Grey Lady’

This scrapbook of links and images was compiled 5 January 2015.

From People's Daily: 反腐墙:猜猜TA是谁 A game called Anti-corruption wall: Guess who he or she is.

From People’s Daily: 反腐墙:猜猜TA是谁
A game called Anti-corruption wall: Guess who he or she is.

Foreign media
China Daily: Deadly arrogance of ‘The Grey Lady’

Last November, when President Barack Obama talked with Chinese President Xi Jinping on building a new pattern of relationship between great powers during his visit to China for the APEC summit, the NYT rudely criticized the host country because of troubles it met in getting China visa, which was a bitter fruit it sowed and reaped. “The Grey Lady” not only lost her manner, but her temper this time. Xinhua reporter admits fake news

News about the United States Military Academy at West Point emulating the values espoused by a model Chinese soldier Lei Feng has proven to be bogus.
A journalist from the Xinhua News Agency admitted it on Sunday.
He said he got the source from some American media stories on April 1, 1981, but he did not know about the nature of April Fool’s Day or the tradition of Western media of publishing onion news.

Censorship, ideology, thought work
New York Times: China’s Maoists Are Revived as Thought Police
Xinmin Weekly: 七日谈


China Daily: 95% of netizens disapprove removal of cleavage scenes

2014 in review
People’s Daily: 图解2014证监会改革路:市场化 不走回头路
网友最关心的国务院2014年十大政策评出: 掂掂这些政策的含金量(政策解读·聚焦)

公司 报道篇数
1 阿里巴巴集团 272
2 腾讯公司 218
3 百度 212
4 新浪 169
5 中国农业银行 126
6 华为 115
7 国家电网公司 112
8 中国移动集团 108
9 工商银行 105
10 京东集团 102
11 中国石化集团 99
12 中国银行 97
13 交通银行 76
14 中兴集团 71
15 中国石油 68
16 建设银行 66
17 小米科技 62
18 中国电信 61
19 中国联通 61
20 北汽集团 50

Anti-corruption, petitioning
Xinhua: 中纪委公开受理信访举报现场用意何在?

新华网北京1月4日电(记者 黄玥)中纪委官网和客户端新年第一天上线后,中纪委接连公开“来信举报”和“来访举报”的受理流程,接下来还将于近期公开如何受理电话举报和网络举报。新年伊始,中纪委将“如何受理信访举报”作为重头戏。此举到底释放了什么信号?

Walls Naval base builds 22m-high wall to hide from neighbors

A naval base in Dalian city, Liaoning province, built an 800-meter-long, 22-meter-high wall to keep from being spied on.
At an investment of more than 10 million yuan ($1.61 million), the wall was erected because a group of European-style villas nearby were too tall.

Foreign policy
Xinmin: 秦亚青:2050年之前中国外交“延续”中以变求恒
People’s Daily: Expert: China will maintain its diplomatic strategy until 2050

Qin Yaqing points out three aspects of continuity. Firstly, strategic goals. China’s diplomacy will continue to serve domestic political, economic and social development. Secondly, strategic layout. Big powers are the key; China’s periphery is the priority; developing countries are the foundation; multilateral platforms are the stage. Thirdly, political measures. A non-aligned policy remains the main feature of China’s diplomatic strategy, and economic diplomacy is still an important means of achieving diplomatic goals.

In terms of changes, Qin Yaqing believes that China’s diplomacy will put more emphasis on the three basic elementts of core national interests: regime security, territorial sovereignty, and economic development.