Xi at the Helm — Xi Jinping leads Internet security group

From Xinhua: President Xi Jinping will head the central Internet security and informatization leading group, according to a statement released after the first meeting of the group on Thursday. Xi presided over the meeting, stressing that Internet security and informatization is a major strategic issue concerning a country’s security and development as well as people’s … more

‘If China follows the West’s prescription, it will fall apart and fall into chaos’

The Global Times 环球时报 has reacted to the violent clashes between street protestors and government forces in Ukraine with an editorial warning that China risks bloodshed and chaos if rapid political reform is introduced. The article also lists the fall of the Soviet Union, the wars of Yugoslavia, and violence in Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan … more

First cross-straits chiefs meeting in 65 years takes place in Nanjing

On February 11, Wang Yu-chi, Taiwan’s mainland affairs chief and Zhang Zhijun, head of the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office met formally in Nanjing. This was the first official meeting of cross-strait affairs chiefs since 1949. According to Xinhua, both sides agreed to establish a mechanism of regular communication and contact between two official organizations. This meeting is considered an important … more

Xi Jinping to attend Sochi Winter Olympics; will not see Shinzo Abe

Xinhua published a number of reports on Xi Jinping’s 习近平 plans to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics to be held in Sochi, Russia in February 2014. However a number of reports also note that Xi will definitely not meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Links and sources Xinhua: 习近平下月出席索契冬奥会, 外交部:中方不考虑冬奥会期间中日领导人进行接触

Offshore wealth havens

An NGO called the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published a report titled ‘Leaked Records Reveal Offshore Holdings of China’s Elite’ (also available in Chinese, titled ‘机密文件披露中国精英的海外资产’; both versions are blocked in China. The Guardian published a review of the report titled ‘China’s princelings storing riches in Caribbean offshore haven’. The report was released on … more

“No.1 Central Document” hints at China’s cautious attitude on GM technology

Due to safety concerns,  genetically modified (GM) technology has long been controversial in China. According to Xinhua, one of China’s largest state news agency, the government’s attitude towards the development of GM technology has been revealed in the recently released No.1 Central Document (中央一号文件). The document does not actually mention GM technology directly, but instead focuses on … more

Xi visits Mao; Abe visits Yasukuni

On December 26, 2013, the 120th anniversary of Mao Zedong, Xi Jinping习近平, Li Keqiang李克强, Zhang Dejiang 张德江, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan 刘云山, Wang Qishan 王岐山, and Zhang Gaoli 张高丽 visited the Mao Zedong mausoleum, and genuflected three times on front of his statue. Xinhua: 习近平等瞻仰毛泽东同志遗容, 中共中央举行纪念毛泽东同志诞辰120周年座谈会 On the same day, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe … more

Internet greater threat than nuclear weapons: PLA academic and Major General

Oriental Outlook 瞭望东方周刊 magazine is a newsweekly under Xinhua News Agency. With its fairly independent editorial office, it is less of a propaganda rag and more along the lines of China Newsweek 中国新闻周刊 or Window of the South 南方窗. Its culture section features interviews with Chinese authors and filmmakers as well as the occasional foreign … more

Five Star Red Flag Lights up the Moon

Xinhua reports: China announces Chang’e-3 mission “complete success” BEIJING, Dec. 15 — China hailed its Chang’e-3 lunar probe mission “a complete success” Sunday night, after its first moon rover Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, and lander took photos of each other on lunar surface. The one-minute photographing, a day after the country finished its first lunar … more

Propaganda chief Liu Qibao hopes foreign Sinologists promote Chinese culture

From China Copyright and Media: This article was published in the People’s Daily [on December5]. On 4 December, CCP Central Committee Politburo Member and Central Propaganda Department Director Liu Qibao attended a conference of Sinologists from various countries on “Sinologists and Sino-Foreign Cultural Exchange”, he hopes that Sinologists from various countries deeply research and disseminate … more