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Party discipline stricter than law

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This scrapbook of links and artifacts was compiled 15 December 2014

The People’s Daily has a chart illustrating the process for going after tigers, i.e. very senior corrupt officials : 图解:中央政治局委员级别“大老虎”的查处程序. Tencent News has details on the case of Liu Tienan, the fallen former Director of the National Energy Administration: 辩护律师:刘铁男后悔教子不严 将接受法庭判决.

Xinhua English tells us that
Xinhua: Party discipline stricter than law, and also that China has launched a website for complaints about Party officials, which you can find at

South North Water Diversion project
China’s water diversion project starts to flow to Beijing

On Friday afternoon, China quietly inaugurated one of the biggest engineering projects of all time: the South-North Water Diversion, a £48bn, 2,400km network of canals and tunnels, designed to divert 44.8bn cubic metres of water annually from China’s humid south to its parched, industrialised north.

Xinhua’s story on the project is here: 南水北调中线通水年均调水百亿立方米

New Silk Road
Xinhua: World’s longest train journey reaches its final destination in Madrid

Bloomberg: China Sentences Uighur Scholar’s Tohti Students to Up to 8 Years
Boxun: 中央民族大学7学生“分裂国家”被判

Reuters: China releases one of its longest-serving political prisoners, relative says

China has freed one of its longest-serving political prisoners, the ethnic Mongol dissident Hada, who has spent much of the last two decades behind bars, his uncle said on Tuesday.

Reuters: China plans hike in cigarette taxes, prices to deter smokers 首部国家控烟法规有望出台
New York Times: China’s E-Cigarette Boom Lacks Oversight for Safety

Almost all the world’s e-cigarettes are made without oversight, and experts say flawed or sloppy manufacturing could account for some of the hazards seen in the devices.

Internet and media
USA Today reports on Lu Wei’s visit to US Internet companies: Zuckerberg meets with China’s Internet regulator

On the desk next to Zuckerberg’s laptop was a copy of The Governance of China, an English language collection of the speeches of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

“I also bought this book for my colleagues,” Zuckerberg told Lu, in Chinese, reported. “I want them to understand socialism with Chinese characteristics.”

Zuckerberg impressed many Chinese citizens in October by speaking in Mandarin during an entire question-and-answer session at a college, revealing his heavily accented but highly creditable language skills. Zuckerberg said his reasons for learning the language included his wife, who is ethnically Chinese; his interest in Chinese culture; and his love of a challenge.

Facebook faces huge challenges to fulfill its mission to “connect the world” without compromising content and operations as Beijing would likely require. But Zuckerberg’s charm offensive with Lu reveals he’s picked up more than just Mandarin.

“It shows a mastery of the type of sycophancy that can have results in China,” said Jeremy Goldkorn, the founder of Danwei, a Beijing-based media research firm. “Even if there is no chance in hell of Facebook operating in China in the near future, they have long-term ambitions,” he said. The Top Ten Cybersecurity Incidents in China of 2014

Mixed Reaction to China’s Plan to Send Artists to Countryside

Fei Chang Dao: Xiaomi, Baidu Promise Their Mobile App Stores Will Abide by Socialism and China’s National Interests

Economy and business
The People’s Daily reports on Highlights of China’s Central Economic Work Conference; the infographic reproduced at left is from this WeChat page: 中央经济工作会议必读50句话和6大看点
2014-12-12 共产党员

Mobius Says China’s Bull Market Is Just Getting Started

Bloomberg: Lei Answers Jack Ma Pollution Jibe With Air Purifier

Africa Ivory Coast Gets $875m From China’s Eximbank For Port Construction

Central America Thousands take to street in Nicaragua to protest China canal deal

The National Anthem
The People’s Daily reports on new rules for singing the national anthem中共中央办公厅、国务院办公厅印发《关于规范国歌奏唱礼仪的实施意见》. CCN has this report: No weddings, no funerals: China decrees new rules when singing national anthem

A series of rules proposed by the government will set strict limits on when, where and how “March of the Volunteers” — the anthem of the People’s Republic since 1949 — can be performed, state-run Xinhua news agency reported Friday.

The anthem is not allowed to be played or sung at private weddings and funerals, dancing parties, commercial events, or any other setting with “an inappropriate atmosphere.”When singing the anthem, people should dress appropriately, stand still and be full of energy, according to the government. The rules then get technical: People must sing the powerful marching song in its entirety, enunciate every word and follow the rhythm. No one is permitted to start or stop singing midway — and altering the melody, lyrics or musical arrangement is forbidden. No whispering, applauding or talking on the phone, either, while the anthem is played.

Nanjing massacre commemoration
People’s Daily: 党和国家领导人将出席南京大屠杀死难者国家公祭仪式
Straits Times: Set aside hate, China’s President Xi Jinping says on anniversary of Nanjing Massacre
Xi sends mixed message to Japan at Nanjing ceremony

Confucius Prize
The New York Times: China’s Defiant Choice for Its Peace Prize: Castro

The Confucius Peace Prize was first given out in late 2010 as a rejoinder to the Nobel Peace Prize. President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia is a past recipient.

New Tang Dynasty TV (a Falungong operation): Executed Teenager’s Case Reopened After 18 Years
A retrial of an Inner Mongolia teenager’s case was finally granted recently after 18 years of struggle. The teenager, Hugejiltu, became a suspect from an informant and was executed within two months. After the murderer confessed, the case retrial was put on hold for more than 9 years.

Netease / Legal Evening News: 内蒙古自治区公安厅开始调查呼格案全体办案警员

There is further background in this posting from 2009: In Inner Mongolia, justice denied and then delayed.

Lu Wei in Silicon Valley

Compiled 8 December 2014

Lu Wei and the Internet

Lu Wei tries out Mark Zuckerberg's desk.

Lu Wei tries out Mark Zuckerberg’s desk.

Lu Wei, vice minister of the Publicity née Propaganda Department, director of the Internet Security Small Leading Group and head of the Cyberspace Administration of China aka State Council Internet Office has been visiting technology companies in the US, including Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Amazon.

The Paper reported on the visit, noting the copy of Xi Jinping’s book on governance that Lu “discovered” on Mark Zuckerberg’s desk, which the Facebook CEOsais he was giving to colleagues to help them understand socialism with Chibese characteristics: 鲁炜考察多家美国互联网巨头,扎克伯格办公桌上摆习近平著作.

More at 鲁炜考察Facebook 扎克伯格普通话进行讲解.

The People’s Daily on a year under the ‘economic new normal’: 新常态下这一年(2014年经济形势述评①)

Language Log with details on the pun ban: It’s not just puns that are being banned in China.

Corruption in the military reports on General Gu Junshan: numbers include estimate of total illicit earnings at 30 billion yuan and that he once paid off fallen general Xu Caihou with 50 kgs of gold: 知情人士称谷俊山曾向其靠山X一次行贿上百公斤黄金.

2015 economic plan and Internet freedom

7 December 2014

Economic plans for 2015

Xinhua reports:

China to boost growth quality in 2015
China will focus on boosting economic growth quality and efficiency in 2015 and stick to the theme of seeking progress while maintaining stability, according to a high-level meeting of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Friday.
China will adapt to the economic “new normal,” keep economic growth within a reasonable range and emphasize growth mode transformation and economic restructuring…

More at Xinhua: 中央政治局会议释放明年经济发展八大信号, special web feature on the meeting; People’s Daily: 分析研究2015年经济工作


The Global Times fulminates:

Internet freedom rankings biased

The year 2014 saw the state of global Internet freedom declining for the fourth consecutive year, with China, Iran and Syrian rated as the world’s worst abusers of Internet freedom, according to an annual report from the US-based human rights organization Freedom House, released on Thursday. China was ranked the last but two among the 65 countries and regions examined…

…On account of different standards of Internet freedom, any bizarre ranking can be self-justified. But the truth remains solid. It is like sunshine under which the tricks of Freedom House can be easily spotted.

What is the truth? About 600 million Chinese Net users made China the largest netizen group in the world. China has bred superb Internet companies like Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent, and generated the liveliest online discussions on politics. We do not know how those impressive figures and achievements can be attained without basic Internet freedom…

…The Chinese Internet should be free and meanwhile ruled by law, otherwise we are going to be marginalized.

The Chinese version of the piece, 社评:中国网络自由排倒三,这排名得多烂 had an additional paragraph at the end:


Zhou Yongkang and Jacob Zuma

Compiled 6 December 2014

South African president Jacob Zuma in China
From the South African press:
Mail and Guardian / AFP
Zuma: China can free Africa from ‘colonial shackles’

South African President Jacob Zuma said on Friday that China’s growing influence in Africa would allow the continent to free itself from “colonial shackles” as he wound up a visit to Beijing…

…Zuma, whose party led the struggle against apartheid, added that in African countries’ relations with “Europe in particular, you are regarded as either a former subject or a second and third class kind of a person”. But “the relationship between China and African countries, particularly South Africa, is different”, he said.

“We relate as brothers and sisters to do business together, not because one is a poor cousin.”…

…“We have people in Cape Town who claim descent from from Chinese 15th century sailors,” he said.

The first European sailor to explore southern Africa, Bartolomeu Dias, rounded the Cape of Good Hope in 1488.

Chinese Admiral Zheng He embarked on a two-year expedition in the 1400s that took his fleet of 300 ships as far as East Africa. Historians do not generally believe that he visited Africa’s southern tip, but Zuma said that “we have to know more” about Zheng, whom he called a “great Chinese navigator”.

Daily Maverick
Jacob goes to Beijing

South Africa’s foreign policy once again sustained significant damages to its image when the Dalai Lama withdrew his visa application earlier this year after it was hinted he wouldn’t be able to come to South Africa. In solidarity, Nobel laureates decided not to come as the government displayed its obsequiousness to Beijing. China thanked SA for its “correct position” on the matter.

It was an embarrassment to the country. As Zuma meets Chinese leaders this week and holds discussions with our largest trading partner, there should be high pressure on the president to at least take advantage of his friendship with the economic giant and bring back more than an honorary degree to boost South Africa’s floundering economy.

Sunday Times
China’s Xi hails South Africa’s Zuma as China’s ‘good friend’

Deals announced during the visit:
Fresh Fruit Portal

China green lights South African apple imports

Zhou Yongkang
The People’s Daily


中共中央决定给予周永康开除党籍处分 将周永康涉嫌犯罪问题及线索移送司法机关依法处理 (with CCTV video clip)
The Guardian
China expels Zhou Yongkang from Communist party

Talking about the Constitution
Fei Chang Dao
On China’s First “Constitution Day” Baidu Bans Forums on “The Constitution”
China Youth Net
宪法并非“高大上” 其实就在你身边

今天是第十四个“全国法制宣传日”,也是首个 “国家宪法日”。以往,每当人们提到宪法,首先想到它是国家的根本大法,是法治社会大厦的基石,是法律体系的母法……但是,似乎正是这些“高大上”的排比句,把宪法和我们的距离越拉越远。宪法真的是“不可触及的恋人”吗,还是像《哈利·波特》中“护身护卫”的守护神,其实一直在你身边?

Hong Kong
The People’s Daily
British moral responsibility for Hong Kong contradicts Declaration

Stock Markets
The Economist
Super-bull on the rampage

Confucius Institutes
Confucius Institutes defended after debate in US
LA Times
China’s influence threatens American universities, experts say

License plates
That’s Beijing
Comprehensive English-language guide to the license plates of China

The military dream

Below is a scrapbook of links and artifacts compiled 5 December 2014.

The People's Daily 5 December 2014

The People’s Daily 5 December 2014


The People’s Daily 习近平在出席全军装备工作会议时强调: 加快构建适应履行使命要求的装备体系, 为实现强军梦提供强大物质技术支撑


ABC News: Kenya Arrests 77 Chinese in Internet Hacking Case

China Media Project: A history of “internet diplomacy”

Xinhua: 鲁炜邀美国大学生访华 施展“互联网外交”魅力

Xinhua: China, South Africa pledge financial, aviation cooperation, China, South Africa pledge closer strategic partnership


Sydney Morning Herald: China singles out Australia for inadequate action on climate aid

Xinhua: 居住证管理办法征民意 持有人子女有望在当地中高考


Bloomberg: China Stock Rally Draws Skeptics as Citi Sees Irrational Buying

Constitution Day

The People's Daily's special feature on Constitution Day.

The People’s Daily‘s special feature on Constitution Day.

Constitution Day

People’s Daily
切实增强宪法意识 推动全面贯彻实施宪法
Xi calls for strengthened awareness of Constitution

BEIJING, Dec. 3– Ahead of Thursday’s inaugural Constitution Day, Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for more awareness of the Constitution, and better understanding of the role of law.

Xi said in an instruction that the Constitution is the general regulation for the country and it embodies the will of the Party and the people.

Xi made the remarks ahead of the country’s first Constitution Day, which falls on Dec. 4 every year.

The China Daily
Spotlight on China’s constitution

Australia, Kevin Rudd
International Department Central Committee of CPC
Wang Jiarui meets Kevin Rudd
The Beijing News

China, Australia agree to boost military ties

Censorship, thought work, ideology
The New York Times
Few Clues in Chinese Editor’s Detention
Even amid a hardening crackdown on civil society and rights activists in China, many journalists and writers were caught off guard when Xu Xiao, a mild-mannered culture and books editor at Caixin Media magazine, was taken away last week by the Beijing police on suspicion of “endangering national security.”
The People’s Daily

The smog of news

Below is a scrap book of links and artifacts compiled on 3 December 2014.

Censorship, thought work, ideology

The People’s Daily

China punishes Internet firms for spreading porn
Seventh China U.S. Internet Industry Forum opens in Washington
Lu Wei in attendance


Xi at the Helm

Combine top-level design with local innovations, Xi says

People’s Daily


China to send artists to live in grassroots communities

Below is a scrap book of links and artifacts compiled on 2 December 2014.


The Age
Matthew Ng transferred from China to Australia to serve out sentence
Matthew Ng, the high-profile Australian entrepreneur whose controversial incarceration in China strained diplomatic ties, has won the right to serve out his sentence at home, in the first prisoner transfer of its kind between the two countries.


China to send artists to live in grassroots communities

“深入生活 扎根人民”主题实践活动

Hu Xiu
What is SARFT afraid of: A Chronicle of China’s Broadcasting Restrictions

The Guardian
China bans wordplay in attempt at pun control


广电总局:电视节目禁用“人艰不拆”等网络用语 违者停播

The New York Times
Gregarious and Direct: China’s Web Doorkeeper
On Lu Wei 鲁炜.

Xinjiang, terrorism, Ilham Tohti

Tianshan News
依法严打 树立反恐法治信念——新疆严打暴恐活动专项行动纪实

重拳出击 打掉暴恐团伙

严打专项行动开展以来,全区各级公安机关突出“打准、打狠、打出声威”, 始终坚持主动进攻、先发制敌,严打暴恐活动,严防暴恐袭击,截至11月22日破获危安暴恐团伙115个,其中绝大多数暴恐犯罪活动被消灭在萌芽状态和行动之前。



Huffington Post
Remembering Oscar
The first reported AIDS death in China in 1985.

Internet, LGBT

AP News
Chinese gay dating app grows to 15 million users

North Korea

Xi at the Helm

The People’s Daily
President’s wife Peng Liyuan narrates, sings in short film


Radio Free Asia
Vietnamese Police Arrest Prominent Anti-China Blogger
Vietnamese authorities have arrested an anti-China blogger under an ambiguous law in the latest crackdown on critics in the bustling social media scene in the one-party communist state.

Police in Ho Chi Minh City searched the home of 65-year-old Hong Le Tho, who had previously lived in Japan, and arrested him on Saturday.

They detained him for violating Article 258 of the Penal Code, which pertains to “abusing freedom and democracy to infringe upon the interests of the state.”

A map of adulterous officials

Below is a scrap book of links and artifacts compiled on 1 December 2014.


Image source: 官员通奸地图,给31名通奸官员亮亮相 "公开通报的31名通奸官员分别来自全国12个省市,本图中标红省市。"

A map of adulterous officials. Image source: 官员通奸地图,给31名通奸官员亮亮相


Another Brother in Prominent Shanxi Family Is Target of Graft Investigation

Four months after an investigation into Ling Zhengce, the former vice chairman of the political consultative conference in the northern province of Shanxi, was announced by the Communist Party’s anti-graft watchdog, his younger brother, Ling Wancheng, has also been detained…

…The Lings come from Yuncheng, Shanxi Province, and their original family name is Linghu. The father, Linghu Ye, worked as a medical care officer for Communist Party troops in Yanan, Shaanxi Province, during wartime. After 1949, he worked in the Ministry of Public Security.

Linghu raised five children, naming them after words and phrases that appeared often in the news at that time, such as Fangzhen, or “guidelines,” for the oldest; Zhengce (policy); Luxian (roadmap); Jihua (plan) and Wancheng (completion).

The People’s Daily
PLA targets corruption
The Chinese military is beefing up supervision to fight corruption in its ranks with detailed regulations, which analysts said will be crucial in preventing graft-related crimes.

The areas being targeted – including project construction and medical and weapons procurement – are involved in more than 90 percent of the corruption in the military, an official with the military procuratorate said.

Xi at the Helm / Foreign Policy

The New York Times
Leader Asserts China’s Growing Role on Global Stage
President Xi Jinping told Communist Party officials that China would be nice to its neighbors in Asia but that he would be relentless in promoting his idea of China’s rejuvenation onto the world stage.
Q. and A.: Zhang Lifan on the New Chinese Nationalism

Global Nation
Respect PH justice system, China urged
MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines on Friday called on China to respect the country’s judicial system as it asserted its sovereign right to enforce the country’s laws and penalize violators caught poaching within its waters, an offense that nine Chinese fishermen were found guilty of committing earlier this week.

Xi eyes more enabling int’l environment for China’s peaceful development
China hails Hagel’s work on China-U.S. defense ties: DM spokesman

Censorship, repression, thought work

China Change
Lawyers Describe Trial of Guo Feixiong and Sun Desheng

Domestic violence

Women of China
Wuhan Establishes Shelter for Domestic Violence Survivors


Frozen Garlic
DPP vote share in Aboriginal townships

Taiwan premier quits as power slips from pro-China party in local poll

Censorship and media regulation

Tech Web
广电总局:电视节目禁用“人艰不拆”等网络用语 违者停播

Reflections on G20

Below is a scrapbook of links and artifacts compiled 28 November 2014.

Australia – China
Speech to the National Press Club, Canberra, 26 November

Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard and Wayne Swan worked incredibly hard to elevate the G20 to a leader-level gathering – and to secure the 2014 summit for Australia.

This was a once-in-a-generation chance to showcase our nation to the world – and all of us in Labor wanted it to be a success.

Then, on that Saturday morning, in eight excruciating minutes, the Prime Minister delivered a weird, cringe-worthy, ‘little Australia’ lecture to the global community.

And in those eight minutes, he writ low the greatest foreign policy opportunity our nation is likely to have for the next 20 years.

There he was, boasting about taking Australia backwards on climate change.

There he was, bemoaning the ‘massively difficult’ job he has as Australian Prime Minister.

Whining about the unpopularity of his GP tax and plan for his $100,000 degrees.

And presenting, live to the world, a negative character reference of his own people – the Australian public: blaming them, our people, for his government’s failures.

Damning our country as selfish, anti-modern, anti-reform and anti-change………

………You might have thought the Prime Minister would have had a clue as to China’s real intent, arriving as President Xi did, with a comprehensive market access agreement.

But even this didn’t tweak Tony Abbott’s intuition.

Instead of anticipating President Xi’s radical, bold ideas for a deeper relationship, the Prime Minister maintained his Government’s clumsy old-fashioned disposition towards China’s rising economic influence.

Dividing every complex foreign and economic policy decision into “goodies” and “baddies” and being satisfied with simply focusing on our significant trade relationship with China rather, than reaching for higher ground.

He missed an unparalleled economic opportunity for Australia.

Forfeiting membership of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a multilateral attempt to fill an $8 trillion infrastructure gap in our region.


People’s Daily Weibo
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