Xi’s media strategy comes into focus

Highlights “Control 3.0”: Xi’s media strategy comes into focus China’s Xi underscores CPC’s leadership in news reporting — Xinhua | English.news.cn BEIJING, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) — All news media run by the Party must work to speak for the Party’s will and its propositions and protect the Party’s authority and unity, Xi said. They should enhance their … more

“The case of seven Weibo posts”: Pu Zhiqiang’s trial held in Beijing

Pu Zhiqiang trial: “The case of seven Weibo posts” China Digital Times: 何兵:“七条微博案”的法律分析” (He Being: “Legal analysis of the case of seven Weipo posts.” Weibo blogger He Bing offers his take on each of the seven Weibo posts used as evidence against Pu Zhiqiang, the human rights lawyer facing up to eight years in jail … more

The Chinese Dream abroad

Xi’s state visits People’s Daily: Cartoon commentary, President Xi’s France, Zimbabwe, South Africa visit: Foster new future of China-Zimbabwe friendship. An optimistic piece on the prospects of the future relationship between Zimbabwe and China. Quartz: China’s Xi Jinping pledges $60 billion to help Africa solve its problems its own way. During the China-Africa Summit in … more

ISIS kidnaps Chinese citizen: China’s lackluster response

China in the Middle East Sina News: 外交部初步证实“伊斯兰国”绑架中国人质 (Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Relevant departments have taken initial steps to verify the identity and deal with the issue of the Chinese citizen ISIS claims as a hostage.) In a press conference, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Hong Lei responded to journalists’ inquiries on the matter that … more

PLA’s battle for netizen hearts and minds continues

Chinese Militarism People’s Daily: China Releases Publicity Video to Showcase Military Power. Netizens have had mixed reactions to the video recently released by the PLA ostensibly showcasing China’s military might. The video features illegally used music from a 1993 album by Eric Levi’s musical project Eva, The Mass, which has inexplicably failed to strike a … more

Climate change with Chinese characteristics

Climate change with Chinese characteristics China Daily: China’s demographics create challenges: Country’s size, population shifts mean more vulnerability to problems from climate change The Guardian: Climate change threatens China’s booming coastal cities, says expert Xinhua Net: 解振华:应对气候变化“中国答卷”拿高分当之无愧 (Xie Zhenhua: In responding to global warming, China’s ‘answer sheet’ deserves high marks) Foreign NGO management People’s Daily: … more

The world order according to China

China in the World New York Times: The World According to China China’s enormous overseas spending has helped it displace the United States and Europe as the leading financial power in large parts of the developing world. Here’s where China has the most influence, based on its share of foreign investment since 2005. Foreign Affairs: … more

Sydney Consulate stormed

Tibetan Protestors Storm Chinese Consulate in Sydney Global Times: Editorial: Sydney police that let mob attack consulate failed to do their duty According to Western media, a group of Tibetan students and former political prisoners stormed the Chinese consulate in Sydney and pulled down the Chinese national flag on Wednesday. Eight of the over 50 … more

Ghosts of a purge

Xi at the Helm Caixin: 习近平视察徐才厚服役旧地 再提肃清影响 (Xi Jinping inspects Xu Caihou’s old Army unit, once again raising the ghosts of the purge) Internet Censorship China File: Taming the Flood: How China’s Leaders ‘Guide’ Public Opinion University of Toronto: Politics, Rumors, and Ambiguity: Tracking Censorship on WeChat’s Public Accounts Platform ‘This report offers the first … more

Fengshui master murder mystery deepens

Celebrity Fengshui Master Suspected in Murder Case iFeng.com: “大师”王林被警方带走 曾被传在床上为女星开光 China.com.cn: “气功大师”王林被警方带走调查 反目弟子死亡 People’s Daily: Mysterious Chinese Fengshui Master Involved in Murder Case Self-proclaimed Fengshui master Wang Lin was found to be involved in an abduction and murder case, local police confirmed on Wednesday. The victim, last name Zou, used to be Wang’s follower and … more