Chai Jing’s anti-pollution documentary

Chai Jing’s anti-pollution documentary

New York Times: Documentary on Air Pollution Grips China
Canberra Times: Anchor’s pollution documentary “Under the Dome” goes viral in an anxious China
QQ: 柴静自费百万拍雾霾纪录片 初衷因女儿未出世患肿瘤
Video: 穹顶之下
People’s Daily: Special feature on Chai Jing’s documentary

Xi at the Helm
New York Times: Xi Jinping’s ‘Four Comprehensives’ Give Shape to a Crowded Agenda

Guancha.cn: 郑永年:中国十大可能的“颠覆性错误”

Xinhua: Animated Xi Jinping again a hit online
Three online animations themed around China’s anti-corruption campaign and featuring President Xi Jinping have been a hit over the Spring Festival, with netizens delighting to what is apparently a relaxing of attitudes to depicting Chinese leaders by cartoon.

The animations, each about two minutes long, compare the situation before and after the ‘Mass Line’ campaign, the 2013-2014 initiative aimed at strengthening ties between CPC officials and the public.

They are entitled “Is the ‘Mass Line’ Campaign for Real?”, “Is It Easier for the Public to Get Stuff Done with the Government?” and “Are Officials Really Scared?“…

…The videos were uploaded to popular Chinese video streaming website Youku on Tuesday night and were picked up by other major video websites as well as social media forums Weibo and WeChat the following day. They have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times.

As with October 2013 animation “How Do They Become State Leaders?”, which was the first to feature Chinese leaders, the producer is mysterious (Ed — no doubt a mystery to everyone).

The clips are credited to the unknown producer “Chaoyang Studio” and no other information is provided. “How Do They Become State Leaders?” was credited to “On the Road to Revival Studio”.

Confucius
Caixin: State Patronage Divides Confucian Intellectuals

The debate pits those who believe the time is right for a revival against critics who say mixing politics and the ‘first teacher’s’ ideas can do no good.

Internet, censorship, information control
Caixin: 同性恋纪录片被封杀 导演申请信息公开

China Media Project: Lu Wei on the Internet Dream

Spring Festival
People’s Daily: 年俗在复兴 年味在回归(微调查)

Africa
IOL South Africa: China denies Pelindaba break-in claim

Xinhua: Spotlight: Africans look to Chinese-built east Africa railway network
Africa Focus: African experts refute the West’s defamation on China’s aid in Africa
People’s Daily: China’s investment in infrastructure key to Africa’s development: experts

Business
China Accounting Blog: The SEC caves on China

Wildlife
New York Times: China Bans Import of Ivory Carvings for One Year
The Guardian: Yes, we have more pandas