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For Hollywood, the road to China is littered with broken deals – the perils of doing business with China


Hollywood talent agent Jeff Berg flew to Shanghai last summer to celebrate one of his biggest deals — a partnership with Chinese investors in Resolution, his new agency in Century City. Two hundred business executives, government officials, actors and journalists gathered at the swank Hotel Shangri-La to mark the occasion. Celebrities posed for photographs. Guests … Continue reading

Well-known Chinese TV host forced to apologise for ‘insulting’ Mao


The following is based on a translation from Chinese media: Hong Kong’s Singtao Daily reports that China’s official TV media CCTV’s anchor Bi Fujian, well-known for his humour, has been denounced by Maoists across the Chinese nation for mentioning the misery Mao brought to Chinese people when he sang a tune from the Peking Opera … Continue reading

How the New York Times is eluding censors in China


The New York Times’ English and Chinese-language websites have been blocked since an October 2012 article about the wealthy family of prime minister Wen Jiabao. But according to employees in the company, outside observers, and mainland Chinese readers, the Times is quietly pursuing a new, aggressive strategy to reach readers in China. Foreign news outlets including the Times … Continue reading

Chinese media fakes editorial by famed western journalist to glorify China


A New Yorker journalist famed for his reporting from China wrote that the state-run newspaper China Daily faked an editorial under his byline after interviewing him. Peter Hessler said on Facebook on Tuesday that he didn’t write the piece posted on China Daily’s website a day earlier titled “US observer: Comparing Egypt with China” and … Continue reading

Many of China’s TV shows, films are rubbish, minister says


The CCP’s influential magazine Qiushi reports senior party official Cai Fuchao as saying that many of the huge number of TV shows, movies and publications produced in China each year are rubbish. He advocates banishing decadent themes and concentrating on uplifting their social values instead of profit making. Cai Fuchao is director of the State … Continue reading

Hong Kong music: Clockenflap and PUSH collaborate on new project


Last Saturday marked the launch of a new dance music series titled ‘Electriq,’ birthed by the creative heads over at Clockenflap and Hong Kong’s leading dance music promoters PUSH. The project was set to launch last month but with the recent events of Occupy Central, it proved that Hong Kong was not in a festive mood, and … Continue reading

Ghosts of China’s Maoist past haunt the present


The Chinese film “Red Amnesia” shown in Venice is partly a ghost story that may or may not have a ghost, but its portrayal of how the Cultural Revolution left a trail of twisted lives that haunts China today is unambiguous and devastating. The film by “Beijing Bicycle” director Wang Xiaoshuai is in competition for … Continue reading

How to buy Chan Kai Yee’s new book ‘Space Era Strategy – The Way China Beats The U.S.’


Some readers of my posts have made enquiries about purchase of my new book “Space Era Strategy”. The book is interesting to them perhaps because of my special Chinese perspectives that make some of my readers believe that I take the risk of being denounced for my opinions. However, I would rather let time to … Continue reading

Yin Xiangfeng, Chief Editor of China Radio International, reveals his plans for Poland


The following interview by Piotr Chodak highlights the growing importance of the relationship between Poland and China: Piotr Chodak: In recent times, we have seen more and more bold moves by the editor of China Radio International in Pland. Frequent updates are made on the Polish-language website and Facebook page. What are the next plans … Continue reading

China Daily Mail makes a mark in the international media


China Daily Mail features a mixture of reposted articles about China, as well as original feature articles and opinions from over sixty contributors. Most of the reposted articles are blocked in parts of China, or the whole country, and these are provided as a service to expats inside China. Some of our most prominent stories, … Continue reading

Japan objects as Chinese paper prints mushroom clouds on map


Japan on Tuesday vowed to make a stern protest to China after a regional Chinese newspaper printed a map of the country with mushroom clouds hovering over the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and accused the Japanese of wanting war again. The neighbours have a long history of tense relations. Beijing bristles at Japan’s inability … Continue reading

Huge discounts on Kindle version of Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements is extended internationally


China Daily Mail contributor Chan Kai Yee has announced that 70% discounts on the Kindle version of his book are now in place until the end of June 2014. The discounts are now available in the countries listed below, using the links provided. For other countries not on this list, we recommend using the United … Continue reading

Book Review: “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” by Chan Kai Yee


Acclaimed author Chan Kai Yee has released an expanded second edition of his book “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements,” released June 4 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre. Throughout the month of June, the price of the printed version is reduced from US$30 to US$15, while the price of the kindle is reduced from … Continue reading

Qianzhousaurus skull discovered in China


Paleontologists have made an exciting discovery near the city of Ganzhou, in southern China – the near complete fossil remains of a skull in a site that dates back to the Cretaceous period. The skull belongs to a dinosaur that has been scientifically designated Qianzhousaurus sinensis, a long-snouted species that belongs to the same species … Continue reading

Chengdu man uncovers 800-year-old terracotta figurine after peeing on the side of the road


While peeing in public may be frowned upon in many places, mainlanders apparently take a slightly more tolerant attitude to the practice. In Hong Kong, this cultural clash has led to a number of altercations after mainland parents let their children relieve themselves in the territory’s streets. But at times, evacuating one’s bladder in public apparently can … Continue reading

Man “confesses” in first public trial of China’s rumour crackdown


A popular internet microblogger confessed in court to spreading rumours about the Chinese government, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Friday, in the first public trial since China began cracking down on online rumours last year. Rights advocates say China’s campaign to quash online rumours, which began last summer, is tantamount to crushing free … Continue reading

Australia denies Chinese journalists access to plane search media briefings


Chinese journalists covering the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 from Canberra are furious at what they see as Australian government control of the media. On Sunday, two Chinese crews decided to chase Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss into a car park at the Australian Maritime Safety Authority after being denied access to an AMSA briefing … Continue reading

An open letter to the Chinese Communist Party concerning press freedom in Hong Kong


Dear Chinese Communist Party, I’m not one of those Americans who thinks the way we do things in ‘Murica is always better than the way others do them, but when it comes to propagandising and controlling its population…well…USA #1!. Comparing the elegant sophistication of the US authorities to the brutishness of the Chinese is like … Continue reading

Ex-Ming Pao editor Kevin Lau attacked in Hong Kong; recently replaced by pro-China editor


The former chief editor of prominent Hong Kong newspaper Ming Pao is in a critical condition after being attacked with a cleaver, officials say. Kevin Lau was attacked in Hong Kong by two men on Wednesday morning, police said. He suffered three wounds. The attackers reportedly fled by motorbike. Mr Lau was recently replaced by … Continue reading

China bans Battlefield 4 video game; declares it a “threat to national security”


Not content with banning a video game for hurting their feelings, China have banned any mention of the the game whatsoever, even to the extent of banning it in internet searches. There are different kinds of bans in the video game world. There’s the Australian ban, normally thought of as pretty extreme when a game … Continue reading

Fake expat website claims western countries see China in a very positive light


Fake expat website eChinacities, in a pathetic bid to sway the opinions of expats living in China, has published unsubstantiated figures provided by the CCP, which claim that the majority of citizens living in countries known to criticise China, in fact have great admiration for China. Expats in China often rely on expat websites as … Continue reading

China renews press cards for Bloomberg and New York Times reporters


The Chinese government has renewed the press accreditations for journalists from Bloomberg News and several New York Times reporters, a journalists’ group said on Thursday. Foreign journalists from the two media organisations had feared they may have to leave China after the government gave no indication it would grant them their accreditations, a move criticized … Continue reading

eChinacities expat website now a propaganda machine


Expat websites have recently been targetted by the CCP as propaganda machines aimed at expats in China. An example is eChinacities. Once an invaluable source of information for expats, the site is now mostly Chinese propaganda, trolls seeking to entrap expats and advertisements for illegal employment. I started working for eChinacities a few years back … Continue reading

Envisioning the future of China – circa 1960s


During the 1960’s, China was at a crossroads when it came to envisioning the future. On the one hand, the country was recovering from the shock’s of Mao’s “Great Leap Forward” – a program of rapid industrialization and collectivization that led to widespread famine and millions of deaths. On the other, the country was still … Continue reading

China journalist slams state TV for airing coerced public confession


A producer for China’s state broadcaster CCTV said on Monday that he had been fired after he criticised the network’s role in a controversial crackdown on online rumours. Wang Qinglei made the statement in an open letter, which has since been scrubbed from Chinese social media. He took issue with China Central Television‘s airing of … Continue reading

With glut of lonely men, China has an approved outlet for unrequited lust


In Guangzhou, China, slack-jawed and perspiring, Chen Weizhou gazed at a pair of life-size female dolls clad, just barely, in lingerie and lace stockings. Above these silicone vixens, an instructional video graphically depicted just how realistic they felt once undressed. A 46-year-old tour bus driver, Mr Chen had come earlier this month to the Guangzhou … Continue reading

Bloomberg kills article exposing Chinese regime, suspends reporter


First, the controversial “media” outlet Bloomberg News, widely regarded by critics as a propaganda megaphone for the radical views of billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, reportedly censored one of its reporters by blocking the publication of an article exposing cronyism and corruption among Communist China’s ruling class. Insider sources quoted in news reports … Continue reading

Chinese officials apologise for gross Photoshop ineptitude


Shamed by a chorus of outrage and ridicule on social media, local officials in central China have apologized for a very shoddy piece of Photoshop work. A picture posted online by the government of Ningguo, a small city in Anhui province, showed the deputy mayor and his colleagues towering above the city’s oldest resident while … Continue reading

Authors accept censors’ rules to sell in China


Chinese readers of Ezra F. Vogel’s sprawling biography of China’s reformist leader Deng Xiaoping may have missed a few details that appeared in the original English edition. The Chinese version did not mention that Chinese newspapers had been ordered to ignore the Communist implosion across Eastern Europe in the late 1980s. Nor that General Secretary Zhao Ziyang, … Continue reading

China’s Wanda unveils global domination plans


China’s Dalian Wanda Group has unveiled plans to become one of the world’s biggest film companies. At a glitzy ceremony in the port city of Qingdao, attended by top stars from China and Hollywood as well as senior Hollywood executives, Wanda chairman Wang Jianlin broke ground on a new mega studio. He also revealed alliances with Hollywood studios and … Continue reading

A journalist’s role in China


North Korea considers journalists to be the voice of the government and they are therefore held in great esteem.   This sentiment is shared by the government leaders behind the bamboo curtain of China. This government friendly fashion of journalism exacts more twisting than unfolding, more covering than uncovering.  Never does it allow the unbridled truth … Continue reading

China targets foreigners through expat websites


In July, China Daily Mail warned about expat websites targeting expats. Unfortunately, this situation has deteriorated, with one of our favourite websites, eChinacities, going over to “the dark side.” For that reason, we are reposting this article. For many years, China have used paid contributors on internet forums to shape commentary in favour of China, … Continue reading

China kicks off European tour at Venice Film Festival


China is increasingly looking to Europe as a potential partner in the global movie biz. That was the message delivered at the Venice Film Festival by both Beijing Intl. Film Festival topper Zhao Zhiyong, on the Lido for the first time, and Vincent Fischer, CEO of European talent agency ECI, with offices in Beijing, Los Angeles and … Continue reading

Too weird to be true? In China, you never can tell


A police officer tickets a young woman for parking a Maserati on the double yellow lines in the middle of the street in Chongqing, China. Stories like this one that go viral in China are increasingly available to English audiences, thanks for a new breed of websites such as ChinaSMACK. Here are some of the recent news … Continue reading

Ziyi Zhang’s ‘My Lucky Star’ set for North American release


China Lion has acquired North American rights to Ziyi Zhang’s “My Lucky Star” and will release the Chinese-language comedy Sept. 20 in North America day-and-date with Mainland China. The film, directed by American helmer Dennie Gordon, stars Zhang and Chinese singer Wang Leehom in a project with a similar story line to “Sophie’s Revenge.” Producers are Ming Beaver … Continue reading

Chinese zoo disguises dog as lion


A Chinese zoo is under fire today for trying to disguise a dog as a lion. Zoo officials said in their defense that the Tibetan mastiff, which has a lion-like mane, was only a temporary replacement for the King of the Beasts. A Chinese zoo has been accused of lying about a lion and trying … Continue reading

China: Babies wearing watermelon overalls is all the rage


Images of Chinese children wearing watermelons in a variety of styles have gone viral on social networking sites such as China’s Weibo and even made their way to the country’s TV news. According to the state news agency Xinhua, the trend started in July in the city of Wenzhou when pictures of a small child … Continue reading

China targets foreigners through expat websites


For many years, China have used paid contributors on internet forums to shape commentary in favour of China, and to belittle the west (China’s government hires people to distort web conversations). These contributors are known in Chinese as wumao, and often create elaborate fraudulent identities. Now they have taken it a step further, by creating fictitious … Continue reading

Chinese censors target Winnie the Pooh and Tigger


China’s army of internet censors has picked an unusual target in their battle to wipe dissent from the country’s computer screens: Winnie the Pooh and Tigger. Following the recent California summit between Barack Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping, Chinese micro-bloggers picked up on an uncanny resemblance between a photograph of the two presidents strolling … Continue reading

China’s President ‘lacks wisdom and courage’ says state owned magazine


A Beijing-based business magazine raised eyebrows this week by running a full-page editorial urging the country’s leaders to pursue further political reforms to ensure future economic prosperity. In what many consider a rare and bold move, an editorial entitled “Let’s continue to care about politics,” criticised President Xi Jinping for lacking “wisdom and courage” in … Continue reading

Cannes 2013: The rise of Chinese cinema


A scattering of awards at the Cannes Film Festival has given international prominence to what experts say is an exciting era in Asian film-making, where China is emerging as the creative powerhouse. Directors from China, Japan, Singapore and Cambodia were all present at the Cannes Palais des Festivals, and this is where the world’s most … Continue reading

China launches new censorship crackdown on internet celebrities


In its latest bid to contain the often riotous jumble of news and rumor on the Chinese internet, the Communist party has decided to bring the most high-profile and influential voices to heel. On Saturday, May 11, 2013, Hao Qun, a famous 39-year-old novelist and frequent government critic who goes by the pen name Murong Xuecun, found … Continue reading

China foreign news ban criticised


An international press freedom group, criticized a ruling that bans Chinese journalists from quoting foreign news outlets without permission, a move that further tightens Beijing’s control of the media. The directive from China’s media regulator, the General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, also prohibits unauthorized use of information from “freelancers, NGO or commercial organisations”. China’s media … Continue reading

China: Reality pierces through ‘the happiest 30 minutes’ on television


Often mocked for propaganda and ignoring reality, mainland’s most-watched TV news show has begun casting a critical eye over life in China Mainland internet users sarcastically dubbed China Central Television‘s (CCTV) nightly prime-time newscast, Xinwen Lianbo, the “happiest 30 minutes” on television, but there are now fewer smiles than before. Broadcast on almost all mainland … Continue reading

China’s first lady and famous singer: “I am always in a subordinate position”


“Are you under great pressure that your husband is always introduced as Peng Liyuan’s husband?” Well-known talk-show host Dou Wentao asked Peng Liyuan, China’s current first lady. She was at that time much more famous than her husband Xi Jinping, China’s current president and then acting governor of Fujian Province. That is a question Peng … Continue reading

Mao’s grandson is a laughing stock in today’s China


Bumbling and gaffe-prone, Major General Mao Xinyu has become the laughingstock for a country with increasingly mixed attitudes towards its most celebrated leader. Mao Zedong‘s grandson just can’t catch a break. The most-mocked man at China’s annual rubber-stamp congress was in some respects also its most privileged. The only living grandson of the “Great Helmsman,” … Continue reading

Instagram and Chinese art


When I first saw someone instagram a photo on Facebook, it reminded me of my parent’s wedding picture. I thought, “Oh how nice, looks very retro chic.” Then it became too much. Not everything needs to have a sense of nostalgia. I remember one of friends instagramed a plate of pickles and salami I had … Continue reading

Ang Lee’s Oscar win reminder of mainland China’s film failure


Ang Lee’s best director win at this year’s Academy Awards unleashed a wave of pride on Chinese social media sites, though for some the award – Lee’s second  – was a bittersweet reminder of mainland China’s frustrated film ambitions. Taiwanese-American Ang Lee won the award for “Life of Pi,” a lushly shot 3D epic based on … Continue reading

German reporter in China says equipment sabotaged, destroyed


A German reporter investigating a case of five children killed by carbon monoxide poisoning in southwest China said on Monday his computer and smart phone were sabotaged after his hotel room was broken into. Bernhard Zand, reporter for German weekly Der Spiegel, was investigating the accidental deaths in November of five street boys in Bijie, … Continue reading

China: Southern Weekend staff strike for press freedom


Editorial staff at Southern Weekly decided to stage a strike after a dramatic turn of events Sunday night that aggravated a potential major crisis facing the Communist Party‘s new leadership. It is the first time in more than two decades that the editorial staff of a major newspaper has openly staged a strike against government censorship. … Continue reading

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