Almost 2,000 foreigners arrested on drugs-related crimes in 2013

In an interview with China Daily, the chief of the drug prohibition office of the Bureau of Public Security, Liu Yuejin 刘跃进, last week stated that 1,968 foreigners of 42 different nationalities were arrested in China on drug-related charges in 2013. A total of 5.9 tons of illicit drugs was also seized. Liu characterized this … more

Eliminating the nodes of civil mobilization

From an essay by Teng Biao 滕彪 titled ‘Beyond Stability Maintenance – From Surveillance to Elimination’: Before, the goal was primarily to punish those who crossed the line, and to retain the advantages of strong stability maintenance. Now, however, the goal is simultaneously to eliminate the nodes of civil mobilization, eradicate emerging civil leaders, and … more

Beijing population exceeds 21 million

Xinhua reported that the Beijing municipal bureau of statistics released population numbers for Beijing, based on a sample survey of population last year. It showed that the population of Beijing’s permanent residents reached 21.15 million, 455,000 more than that of 2012. The survey results indicate that 13.12 million of those people held a Beijing hukou … more

Monitors in government canteen check for wasted food

The anti-waste campaign has been given new life. In the canteen of the Beijing Municipal Commission for City Administration and Environment, monitors have been put in place to check if diners are dumping any food. The diners are mostly government staff. According to Lv Weibin, director of logistics at the Commission: “We know all the staff, and we watch … more

Chengguan tops list of government officials with worst public image

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences recently released a research report analyzing the public image of government officials in China in 2013-2014. One the whole, the public image of officials, the report concluded, are “multiple and of high volume”. Unsurprisingly, the chengguan are have the worst public image of all officials, but following them are school leaders, hospital leaders, officials at village level, police officers, … more

Anhui cremation campaign proves controversial

At the end of March, the city of Anqing, Anhui province, announced that it had drafted new funeral management regulations and would be pursuing a campaign to promote cremation. Provincial media noted in April that Anqing, one of two cities in Anhui that had not begun funeral reform, had a cremation rate of just 10% in 2013, … more

Blogger sacked after meeting with John Kerry and posting censorship directives

From Circumstances of My Dismissal from Tencent By Zhang Jialong, published: May 24, 2014 On May 20th, I was notified by the department head at Tencent that I was being suspended, citing radical expressions I made in my meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry earlier this year and the propaganda directives … more

127 varieties of the Chinese Dream coming to television in July

China’s broadcast authority has released a list of 127 TV dramas recommended for broadcast from July through October to promote the spirit of the Chinese Dream. Although the need to dramatize the Chinese Dream on television has been under discussion in TV circles for much of this year and was strongly encouraged by a People’s Daily op-ed on May 13, this … more

US company receives record fine under new anti-pollution regulations

Babcock & Wilcox is a US-based company “that provides design, engineering, manufacturing, construction and facilities management services to nuclear, renewable, fossil power, industrial and government customers worldwide.” Yet on Monday this week the company was issued with a fine of 300,000 yuan in China, the largest ever fine issued under Beijing’s new Air Pollution Prevention and Control … more

Female soldiers make first appearance in army honor guard

Last night at 7 pm, at their home in Hebei province the parents of the 1.78 meter tall Zhao Miao (赵淼), the former Hebei Normal University music student who entered the army in 2009, proudly watched their daughter on CCTV as part of the honor guard (仪仗队) welcoming the visiting president of Turkmenistan on his … more