China’s Crime Free Films

New York Times: China’s Crime Free Films
Xinhua: Pulled TV drama replays after removing revealing images

BEIJING, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) — A Chinese television drama that was pulled off the air for “technical reasons” after the characters were shown in revealing clothing is now back on TV showing only the actor’s heads.

The drama, “The Empress of China” also known as the “Saga of Wu Zetian”, highlights the life of China’s only known empress. It began broadcasting on Dec. 21, 2014, but was removed a week later by commercial satellite station Hunan TV for “technical reasons.”

Many viewers speculated the suspension was a punishment given by the country’s television regulators for the much-discussed revealing costumes of female characters on the show, which stirred online debate in which the female characters were dubbed “squeezed breasts.”

Shanghai New Years Eve Stampede
Shanghaiist: BREAKING: 36 dead, 47 injured during New Year’s stampede in Shanghai
AP: Witnesses: Sequence of errors led to Shanghai stampede
China Digital Times: Minitrue: Urgent Notice on the Shanghai Stampede
People’s Daily (front page): 北京百万群众祥和游公园
Wikipedia: 2014年上海外滩踩踏事故

Xi at the Helm

Xinhua: President Xi stresses more reform, rule of law in New Year address

BEIJING, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping underscored the need to continue reform and to advance the rule of law in 2015 in his New Year speech on Wednesday, comparing them to “a bird’s two wings”.

In an address transmitted live by state broadcasters, the president told domestic and overseas audiences that 2014 was an “unforgettable” year.

“In 2014, we pressed ahead with reform, cracked many hard nuts and introduced important reforms close to the interests of our citizens.

“We adapted to the new normal of economic growth; actively promoted economic and social development; and improved the quality of people’s life,” he said.

Xi said cadres at all levels had “given it their best shot”, a popular phrase with Chinese Internet users. “Of course, without the support of the people, we could not have achieved anything. I must give our great people a thumbs-up.”

Caijing: 莫言:不能把腐败问题完全归因于体制





People’s Daily: China Voice: China closer to dream of rejuvenation

Diaoyu Islands
The Chinese government has launched an official website for the Diaoyu Islands:

Yu Kunkun on WeChat: 酒、肉和性都是临时的,但三里屯并不担负伟大的使命

The Beijing News: 网曝四川一国企董事长送礼名单 纪委已介入调查 落马“大老虎”背后帮派:秘书帮、石油帮、山西帮

Internet CNNIC leadership change coincides with blocking of Gmail

On December 26, 2014, in an announcement posted on their website, a new chairperson for CNNIC was directly appointed by the Cyberspace Administration of China. The announcement of this appointment coincided with the complete blocking of Gmail.
Cyberspace Administration of China (中央网信办) is chaired by Lu Wei, “China’s web doorkeeper”. Lu Wei is also the vice chair of the Central Propaganda Department, according to his official resume.

Silk Road
Silk Road traders make no secret of their preferred currency

Hostile foreign forces 军报:西方加紧实施“政治转基因”工程,欲对解放军拔根去魂

New type of major country relations
People’s Daily: New type of major-country relations needs a boost from U.S.

The Australian: