Lu Wei in Silicon Valley

Compiled 8 December 2014

Lu Wei and the Internet

Lu Wei tries out Mark Zuckerberg's desk.

Lu Wei tries out Mark Zuckerberg’s desk.

Lu Wei, vice minister of the Publicity née Propaganda Department, director of the Internet Security Small Leading Group and head of the Cyberspace Administration of China aka State Council Internet Office has been visiting technology companies in the US, including Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Amazon.

The Paper reported on the visit, noting the copy of Xi Jinping’s book on governance that Lu “discovered” on Mark Zuckerberg’s desk, which the Facebook CEOsais he was giving to colleagues to help them understand socialism with Chibese characteristics: 鲁炜考察多家美国互联网巨头,扎克伯格办公桌上摆习近平著作.

More at China.com.cn: 鲁炜考察Facebook 扎克伯格普通话进行讲解.

Economy
The People’s Daily on a year under the ‘economic new normal’: 新常态下这一年(2014年经济形势述评①)

Censorship
Language Log with details on the pun ban: It’s not just puns that are being banned in China.

Corruption in the military
iFeng.com reports on General Gu Junshan: numbers include estimate of total illicit earnings at 30 billion yuan and that he once paid off fallen general Xu Caihou with 50 kgs of gold: 知情人士称谷俊山曾向其靠山X一次行贿上百公斤黄金.