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

Writings on lost ancient Que School of traditional Chinese medicine unearthed in Sichuan

The Chengdu Institute of Archaeology yesterday publicized its most important archaeological finding of 2013, which was unearthed at a town called Tianhui in Jinniu area (金牛区天回镇), in the northeastern regions of Chengdu. Workers digging for a new subway line came across the tomb of a government official during the Western Han dynasty (206 BC to … 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

Without the motherland, you are nothing!!!

An almost certainly fake ‘grass-roots’ Internet forum post has been circulating on the Chinese Internet since November 30, titled ‘Without the motherland, you are nothing!!!’ (没有了祖国你将什么都不是!!!) As of today December 4, a Xinhua article praising and summarising it has appeared on and in many — possibly all — mainland Chinese news outlets from Sohu.com to … more

Xi Jinping visits Jinan Miltary District

Amid ongoing tensions over the Diaoyu / Senkaku islands and China’s newly declared Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), Xinhua News Agency continued to feature images of the military prominently on its home page. Although the top story today Saturday November 30 asked “Why are traffic jams in cities becoming worse and worse” (城市交通为何“越治越堵”?), the next … more

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