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While Beijing repeatedly rejects Japan’s apologies, China has its own horrors to atone for


Japan’s less-than-wholehearted remorse for its World War II-era atrocities has long been an unhealed wound in its relations with neighbours. The bruise is throbbing anew with the approach of August 15, the 70th anniversary of the announcement of Japan’s surrender. China’s ambassador to Tokyo revived the topic July 23, when he pointedly advised Japanese Prime … 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

China, the economy and Xi Jinping’s strategy


Few economies in the world are more closely watched than China’s. It is the second largest and fastest growing economy, so there’s a lot of attention being paid to who’s running things. Chinese President Xi Jinping is the most authoritarian leader the country has seen since since Mao Zedong. Jinping is making a clear effort … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, February 23 | Symphony


Muslims wanted attention… They got it. Japan authorised millions in aid to fight terrorism. Myanmar calls on China to help them fight against terrorist attacks, ostensibly being launched from inside China. Beijing may not like being asked to turn their attention away from the great threat it feels from Taiwan. But, the terrorists in Myanmar … Continue reading

China’s Maoist revival seeks to eliminate all western thought


They pounce on bloggers who dare mock their beloved Chairman Mao. They scour the nation’s classrooms and newspapers for strains of Western-inspired liberal heresies. And they have taken down professors, journalists and others deemed disloyal to Communist Party orthodoxy. China’s Maoist ideologues are resurgent after languishing in the political desert, buoyed by President Xi Jinping’s … Continue reading

China’s Xi Jinping unable to rule if unaware of conservative faction’s strength


Some analysts are nervous when they hear Chinese President Xi Jinping upholding Mao Zedong Thought. Will Xi resume Mao’s policies of class struggle and constant revolution, they wonder. Xi’s predecessor Hu Jintao tried to omit Mao Zedong Thought, but enabled Bo Xilai to rally a vast number of conservatives around to fight against the reformists … 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

Shanghai women’s liberal views on sex during the Mao Era; beginnings of the illicit sex industry


The following stories are first-hand recollections of life in China during the years immediately after the Communists took power (1949-1951). They are written by Chan Kai Yee, author of Tiananmen‘s Tremendous Achievements (see link in right sidebar). We would recommend this book for those interested in more first-hand perspectives of life in China, particularly the … Continue reading

China celebrates Mao’s 120th birthday, but events scaled back


China celebrates the 120th birthday of Mao Zedong, the founder of modern China, on Thursday, but will be scaling back festivities as President Xi Jinping embarks on broad economic reforms which have unsettled leftists. Mao has become a potent symbol for leftists within the ruling Communist Party who feel that three decades of market-based reform … Continue reading

The new face of Chinese propaganda


An old schoolmate of mine is now a midlevel government official. This friend, Mr. Lin, is also a member of the Chinese Communist Party. He worships Mao Zedong and often quotes Mao’s saying, “Man must have some spirit.” He once told me that when he visited New York, he most liked the Statue of Liberty, … 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

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

Chinese hatred of Japan; real or government-created?


“On this day in 1945, Japan announced unconditional surrender.” The official account of China Central Television posted this information on Weibo, one of China’s largest social media platforms, and it quickly spread. Three trending posts, with a combined 236,000 retweets, identified the day’s significance and emphasized the number of Chinese who had been wounded and killed during … Continue reading

China: Response to “Women’s Rights at Risk” by Leta Hong Fincher


With response to the article “Women’s Rights at Risk” by Leta Hong Fincher: What we can say about Mao’s policies during the Cultural Revolution and Great Leap Forward is that they were equally destructive to both men and women. In terms of the Great Famine, starvation certainly did not distinguish one gender from the other: … 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

Greatest danger for China and the world: Reemergence of a tyrant


Sinocentric Cosmology: China has a long history of regarding itself as the centre of the world due to its ignorance of the existence of the other parts of the world that were much larger and even stronger than it. It paid dearly for such ignorance and arrogance in being bullied for more than a century … Continue reading

China: Woman abducted, sold and held captive for five years as wife of stranger


Ming Pao says in its report titled “Abducted woman rescued on train after 5 years”, “A woman was rescued on a train for Lanzhou after being abducted for 5 years. Two men were detained by the police for investigation Lanzhou Morning Daily said in its report on May 12 that when Qingdao-to-Lanzhou K1027 train left … Continue reading

‘Don’t teach freedom of press or Communist Party mistakes’, Chinese universities told


Mainland universities have been ordered to steer clear of seven topics in their teaching, including universal values, press freedom and civil rights, two university staff said, offering an insight into ideological control under the new Communist Party leaders. A law professor with a Shanghai-based university who requested anonymity because he feared persecution said yesterday that … Continue reading

China has feudal answers for modern problems


After Mao Zedong announced the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, the Communist Party began to get rid of all the vestiges of the “feudal” society that had preceded it. This process culminated during the Cultural Revolution (1966-76) with the campaign to “Destroy the Four Olds”: old thought, culture, customs and habits. … Continue reading

Danger of second Cultural Revolution as migrant workers in China are alienated


Despite spending years working in mainland cities, migrant workers still feel like outsiders. In its report titled Migrant workers feel like outsiders in mainland cities, says survey, SCMP says: “Many workers who flock to mainland cities feel alienated and have low self-esteem, says survey “Despite spending years working in mainland cities, migrant workers still feel … Continue reading

China’s leadership now dominated by intellectuals


Reuters publishes a report yesterday titled Analysis: From builders to managers: educating China’s leadership that provides many facts about Chinese leaders being well educated now. However, as it does not know Jiang Zeming’s coup that has substituted intellectuals’ dominance of the party for uneducated conservatives,’ described in my book “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements,” it believes that … Continue reading

China: Purge of unqualified members is a hard battle for the Party’s survival


In 2001, Gordon Chang predicted in his book “The Coming Collapse of China” that China would collapse within ten years. Ten years later China did not collapse, but instead became even more prosperous. I said in the first edition (writing of the second edition will soon finish) of my book “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements:” “Gordon Chang … Continue reading

Chinese heroes and heroines – a few bad men?


Chinese culture would have us believe that many of its heroes and heroines were either mightily good or extremely evil. The truth is somewhere between. Confucius, the old master, is quite clear about how to tell good people from the bad. Gratitude, honesty, trustworthiness and loyalty are among the Eight Principles of People, the good … Continue reading

Change of guard, but no change in policy; an in-depth analysis from India


It is undeniable that the transfer of power to the fifth generation leadership at the 18th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been smooth and orderly; especially the rule providing for the retirement of cadres above the age of 68 has been adhered to. A Xi Jinping era has indeed begun in China. … Continue reading

China: Interesting messages from top non-democratic election


SCMP reports: “Ling Jihua, Hu’s former top aide, overcomes scandal of son’s death, and ‘no’ votes, to join Central Committee, the party’s ruling body” perhaps due to his mentor Hu Jintao’s efforts. “However, 94 delegates voted against his re-election, showing that not everyone supports a man who was once one of the president’s closest aides.” … Continue reading

Cheng Hong: Scholar and wife of China’s next premier


SCMP report on premier-in-waiting Li Keqiang’s wife Cheng Hong: Cheng is a leading expert on American nature writing, but she no longer teaches students. SCMP says, “Like many who lived through the Cultural Revolution, Cheng Hong felt she’d had enough excitement to last a lifetime. It was in 1995, while she was a visiting scholar … Continue reading

Fear and loneliness in China


What kind of society will China’s new leaders inherit? China has developed at unimaginable pace, lifting millions out of poverty. But as part of a series of viewpoints on challenges for China’s new leadership, Gerard Lemos, who conducted research in the mega-city of Chongqing, says it is easy to overlook its lonely underbelly. An old … Continue reading

September 9 1976 Mao Zedong dies


Originally posted on Craig Hill Training Services:
On September 9th 1976, Chinese revolutionary and statesman Mao Zedong, who had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease and other health problems, died in Beijing at the age of 82. The Communist leader and founder of the People’s Republic of China is considered one of the most influential figures…

Shanghai Metro advises women not to wear sexy clothes


Have mercy for sexual perverts. Do not wear sexy clothes or you may provoke sexual harassment! According to SCMP, Shanghai Metro tells women to “have self-respect” and not to wear sexy cloths in its microblog. It posts a photo of a young woman in a sheer dress on a subway platform and says, “Dressing like … Continue reading

Chinese rule of law and democracy advocator Qiao Shi returns


Bo Xilai said, “I will return.” According to Japanese reporter Mr. Udagawa, that was what Bo said to him in an exclusive interview in early May, when Bo was under house arrest. Mr. Udagawa is a Japanese reporter who is the first to successfully contact Bo after Bo was placed under house arrest. According to … Continue reading

Can China feed itself again?


The short answer is yes, but… In an earlier article I explained how China built the Three Gorges dam, and flooded enough land to reduce its production by a substantial amount, forcing China to import an ever increasing amount from the EU.  I also suggested that China could increase production at home by following the … Continue reading

Chen Guangcheng a true hero, and his escape a tremendous victory


The following is a response from Chan Kai Yee to a report in The Global Times (editor): A blind man in house arrest, watched by 200 guards day and night, was able to flee to safety in Beijing hundreds of miles away. That is something often described in fictions and movies, but rarely happens in real … Continue reading

Yunnan open letter to Central Authority against Zhou Yongkang


According to report by Hong Kong media including SCMP, Radio Television Hong Kong and Singtao Daily, 16 elder Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members in Shaotong, Yunnan wrote an open letter to CCP Central Committee on May 4, calling for the removal of Zhou Yongkang from the Politburo Standing Committee and the Central Committee’s political and … Continue reading

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