State Council Internet Office Spirit

12 February 2015 A WeChat account called CyberView (网界观察) today posted a few photos showing people working overtime at State Council Internet Office, together with a video of a choral performance of the song State Council Internet Office Spirit, perhaps better titled ‘Anthem of Censorship’. The WeChat posting was soon deleted, although the video of … more

‘China will not pave paradise to put up parking lots’

This scrapbook of links was compiled 12 February 2015 Xi at the Helm Consensus Net: 许耀桐:习式政治新常态六大鲜明特征 People’s Daily: 习近平同美国总统奥巴马通电话 Xinhua: 习近平9月对美国事访问 促新型大国关系更进一步 Spotlight: Xi to pay first state visit to U.S. Global Times: 习近平将首对美国事访问 提前7个月公布打破常规 Xinhua: China will not pave paradise to put up parking lots Urbanization, President Xi Jinping declared on Tuesday, must not … more

‘Praise for General Secretary Xi Jinping’s reforms from all walks of life’

This scrapbook of links and digital ephemera was compiled on 6 February 2015. Xi at the Helm Xinhua: 各界盛赞以习近平同志为总书记的党中央推进改革 ‘Praise for General Secretary Xi Jinping’s reforms from all walks of life’ published with the infographic at left.) 这两年,习近平带火的12个热词 ‘The twelve hot words of Xi Jinping from the last two years.’ The twelve words are: 1. … more

Xi Jinping issues important instructions on the Taiwan Fuxing airplane crash

This scrapbook of links and digital ephemera was compiled on 5 February 2015. Xi at the Helm Xinhua and People’s Daily top headlines: 习近平对台湾复兴航空坠机事故作出重要指示 Xi Jinping issues important instructions on the Taiwan Fuxing airplane crash English version: Xi orders assistance after TransAsia plane crash Ideology, censorship and Internet controls People’s Daily / CPC News: 韩喜平:学术自由并不等于“任性” … more

‘If China is to be strong, her agricultural sector needs to be strong’

This scrapbook of links and digital ephemera was compiled on 2 February 2015. Xi at the Helm People’s Daily: 中国要强,农业必须强(政策解读·关注一号文件①) If China is to be strong, her agricultural sector needs to be strong (explaining the policies in Document No. 1) Netease: “加强转基因科普”首次写入中央一号文件 New York Times: Q. and A.: Roderick MacFarquhar on Xi Jinping’s High-Risk Campaign … more

Minister of Education: absolutely no teaching materials that spread Western values to enter the classroom

This scrapbook of links was compiled 30 January 2014. Censorship and ideology Beijing Times: 高校教师须守好三条底线 — 决不许教师在课堂发牢骚 Minister of Education says absolutely cannot tolerate teaching materials that spread Western values entering the classroom. 据新华社电教育部部长袁贵仁昨天在教育部学习贯彻《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》精神座谈会上表示,高校教师必须守好政治底线、法律底线、道德底线。 袁贵仁指出,《意见》的贯彻落实要加强高校意识形态阵地管理,特别是加强教材建设和课堂讲坛管理。加强对西方原版教材的使用管理,绝不能让传播西方价值观念的教材进入我们的课堂;决不允许各种攻击诽谤党的领导、抹黑社会主义的言论在大学课堂出现;决不允许各种违反宪法和法律的言论在大学课堂蔓延;决不允许教师在课堂上发牢骚、泄怨气,把各种不良情绪传导给学生。 Washington Post: Is this North Korea? Chinese netizens squirm as party tightens grip on Internet New York Times: China Clamps … more

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