Beijing smog makes city unliveable, says mayor

This scrapbook of links was compiled 29 January 2015 Pollution The Guardian: Beijing smog makes city unliveable, says mayor People’s Daily: 北京市长王安顺:宜居之都是我们的目标 Zhou Youguang The Nanfang: “God Forgot About Me”: Father of Pinyin Turns 109 Xinhua: 周有光迎110岁大寿 解玺璋赞其“勇者不惧” Censorship and dissent Wall Street Journal: Criminal Speech? The Weibo Posts That Could Send Chinese Lawyer Pu … more

Xi Jinping’s achievements in 2014

This scrapbook of links was compiled 28 January 2015 Xi at the Helm People’s Daily:【时局】赶考2014 ,习近平的成绩单 九万里风鹏正举(全面深化改革一年来)——以习近平同志为总书记的党中央深改元年工作述评 People’s Daily via Consensus Net: 中国今年为何大阅兵? Property New York Times: Q. and A.: Luigi Tomba on Privatized Housing and Political Legitimacy in China Sinica podcast: Inside the property revolution with Luigi Tomba Internet Global Times via Sina 媒体:防火墙造就了中国互联网发展 … more

The highspeed railway kingdom

This scrapbook of links was compiled 27 January 2015 Pollution Canberra Times: Chinese paying high prices for foreign rice after contamination fears First it was European infant formula, then New Zealand milk. Now Chinese consumers are adding Japanese rice to the list of everyday foods they will bring in from abroad at luxury-good prices because … more

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

This scrapbook of links was compiled 26 January 2015 Pollution 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 … more

Li Keqiang, Davos Man

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 … more

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 Haiwainet.cn 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” 国家网信办:50家违法违规网站及公众账号被依法关闭 Global Times: Prophet on ‘Charlie’ cover Commentary: Against abusing free speech as against abridging it … more

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 … more

Petroleum Gang, Shanxi Gang, Secretary Gang

This scrapbook of links and images was compiled 6 January 2015. Anti-corruption People’s Daily: 媒体点名“三大帮派”代表人物 去年12月29日,中共中央政治局召开会议指出:“把党的纪律建设摆在更加突出的位置,强化纪律刚性约束,严明政治纪律和政治规矩,党内决不容忍搞团团伙伙、结党营私、拉帮结派。”昨天,新华社刊发文章指出,近年来落马的一些“大老虎”背后,多有一帮官员与之有着千丝万缕的利益勾连,形成一个个或明或暗,或松散或紧密的“帮派”“团伙”,并首次公开给这些团伙命名为“石油帮”、“秘书帮”、“山西帮”。 Internet 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. … more

Deadly arrogance of ‘The Grey Lady’

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