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 of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council, said that by 2020, think tanks in all organs must clearly define their positions and specialties, with the aim that several think tanks will wield major influence in the world.

This new type of think tank will play an influential role in the policymaking process and the modernization of governance.

Think tanks should stick to Marxist ideology, follow the CPC’s leadership and provide intellectual support to help rejuvenate the nation, according to the guideline.

China Media Project: Your public account is history

Economy
People’s Daily: China denies being world’s No.1 economy

Claims that China has overtaken the United States as the world’s largest economy were denied by the head of China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Tuesday.

Anti-corruption
People’s Daily blog post: 人民日报海外版:比周永康有分量的超级老虎王即将现身

Blog post attributed to People’s Daily overseas edition says a tiger bigger than Zhou Yongkang soon to go down; post later deleted. (Link above is to Google cache, whole text archived at bottom of this post.

Food
New York Times: Food Detectives on a Tough Case
A Lab Is Trying to Keep China From Dodging U.S. Tariffs on Honey

Party leadership
The Éminence Grise of Zhongnanhai
Li Zhanshu has received little attention so far, but he is clearly a man to watch

Rule of and by law
Xinhua: 习近平就政法工作作出重要指示强调
把政法工作摆到经济社会发展全局中谋划
履行好维护国家安全和社会安定重大责任

Haiwai Net: 广东:去年扫黄刑拘上万人 东莞已除“黄帽”
Guangdong: Last’s year’s anti-vice campaign resulted in more than 10,000 arrests, Dongguan has lost its ‘yellow hat’ (i.e. status as centre of prostitution).

The economy
Xinhua: 中国经济年度表情2014:喜·乐·忧·盼
The ‘expressions’ of China’s economy 2014: Happiness, joy, worry, hope.

Military affairs
Channel News Asia: China ‘never paid businessman’ who bought aircraft carrier

Archived text

People’s Daily blog post: 人民日报海外版:比周永康有分量的超级老虎王即将现身
阅读:2015-01-19 21:17
历时三天的中纪委十八届五中全会虽然昨天已经落幕,但是围绕2015年反腐工作的重要部署,却以前所未有之势,以各种方式,不断的展现出来。种种迹象显示:要取得反腐决定性胜利的时刻,即将来临。或者说,比周永康还要有分量,可以让反腐取得压倒性胜利的超级老虎王,即将出现。
在这次全会上,习近平在讲话中直接点名周永康、徐才厚、令计划、苏荣等案,意味深长的表示反腐“还没有取得压倒性的胜利”。其中的味道很明确,周永康这样的大老虎分量不够,还不能形成压倒性的优势。在此之前的1月11日,中纪委全会召开前一天,新华网在首页头条发表标题为《习近平:反腐不定指标、上不封顶》的报道,联系起来看,很明显就是:比周永康更有分量的老虎呼之欲出!
果然,1月14日《人民日报》发表评论员文章,称“反腐败斗争永远在路上”、“腐败没有铁帽子王”等,用如此寓意深远的评论员文章,显然是山雨欲来风满楼的味道。同日,碧翰烽在新华网博客中发表了题为《习近平首谈周永康案,预示反腐三大走向》,表示打“老虎”甚至打“大老虎”仍是中国反腐的关键所在,甚至国家级“大老虎”落马的可能性很大。中国已经没有打老虎的禁区,不存在打不掉的老虎。
与此相呼应的是,本次全会期间,香港《凤凰周刊》刊发封面报道《周永康六大罪状解析》,解密官方版本的周永康“严重违反党的纪律”、“泄密”等六大罪状背后的诸多细节。报导指周永康曾与薄熙来在重庆有过一次密谈,试图复辟“文革”,并表示要“大干一场”。该报导事实上证实了此前海外媒体报导的周永康薄熙来政变集团的传闻。由此升华了周永康案件的主题,明确了周永康严重经济问题背后隐藏的更为严重的政治图谋。这条新闻在凤凰网出现之后,迅速被大陆新浪网等网站转载。可见,此文是有关方面有意释放资讯。把原本独立的周永康个案,升级到与薄熙来联手政变的级别,这就预示着中央即将启动的更大的反腐行动,一定是压倒性的。
1月12日,新华网发出评论文章《反腐败“不定指标、上不封顶”警示了谁》,文章最后说,“不定指标、上不封顶”是一种信号,对那些有非分之想的人,特别是正在酝酿重出江湖的蠢蠢欲动的“老虎”、“苍蝇”,将形成强大震慑。那么,谁在谋划“重出江湖”呢?什么人才有资格“东山再起”呢?显然是意有所指的。
1月14日,李克强总理和军委许其亮副主席分别主持召开国务院党组会议和全军纪检工作会议,要求深入学