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Chinese army newspaper calls for military role in Internet culture war


An article published in the People’s Liberation Army Daily, the official newspaper of China’s military—and reprinted in part by Qiushi, the official magazine of the Chinese Communist Party—calls the Internet “the ideological ‘main front’ and ‘the main battlefield’” upon which China must fight an ideological war upon the West to defend itself from the creeping … Continue reading

China to invest $193 billion on Internet networks, but will tightening controls harm creativity and scare investors away?


China’s Internet is a place of often confusing extremes. On the one hand, this week the government announced an investment of nearly $200 billion to boost Internet connection speed with fast optical broadband in major cities and 4G networks in remote rural areas. Yet the vision of a creative new economy is being undermined, some experts … Continue reading

China threatens to shut down Sina news website unless it ‘improves censorship’


China’s government has threatened to shut down Sina, one of the country’s most popular news websites unless it “improves censorship”, state media reported, in a rare public glimpse into controls over the press. The online portal “distorted news facts, violated morality and engaged in media hype”, the official Xinhua news agency on Saturday cited the Cyberspace Administration … Continue reading

China wants to recruit 10 million students to “civilise” the Internet, but won’t pay them for their time


China wants to recruit 10 million young people, mostly university students belonging to the Communist Party’s youth wing, to “spread positive energy” on the Internet — in other words, to use social media to praise and defend the government. Web users recently posted a document issued by the China Communist Youth League dated Feb. 13 that … 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

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

Chinese media says Chinese ships rammed Vietnamese ship in South China Sea; 121 ships “protecting” oil rig


The following is translated from Chinese media. The opinions expressed are those of the authors, and not necessarily those of China Daily Mail: A Vietnamese fishery surveillance ship was surrounded by five Chinese official ships and attacked by water canon. A Chinese ship rammed the sides of the Vietnamese ship and damaged it. On June … 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

China blocks Google services for Tiananmen 25th anniversary


In preparation for the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre (aka. the June 4th Incident), Chinese authorities decided to begin blocking Google. It’s believed that the blockade is tied to this week’s 25th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre where the People’s Liberation Army cracked down on pro-democracy demonstrators. Each year, the Chinese … Continue reading

The homophobia of China’s Communist Party; vilifies eChinacities owner on his own website


Disappointingly, homophobia is alive and thriving in China, and actively incited by China’s ruling Communist Party. It seems that even loyal party members are not exempt. George Xu, founder and owner of the expat website eChinacities, seems to be the latest victim. For some time, China Daily Mail has expressed concern over expat websites being … Continue reading

China’s campaign against foreign words


Twice in late April, People’s Daily railed against the incorporation of acronyms and English words in written Chinese. “How much have foreign languages damaged the purity and vitality of the Chinese language?” the Communist Party’s flagship publication asked as it complained of the “zero-translation phenomenon.” So if you write in the world’s most exquisite language—in my opinion, anyway—don’t even … Continue reading

Japan bans porn exports to China in retaliation for seizure of cargo ship


The dispute between China and Japan showed no signs of abatement yesterday, after Japan was reported by domestic media to have taken steps to ban the export of specialist pornography to China. Japan is believed to also be behind the blocking of all porn sites in China, which the Chinese government is reporting as domestic … 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

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

Ex China premier Wen Jiabao states innocence in letter to Hong Kong columnist


Former premier Wen Jiabao has insisted on his innocence and integrity in a letter to a Hong Kong newspaper columnist in a bid to contain damage from claims that his extended family accumulated massive wealth during his tenure at the top. “I have never been involved and would not get involved in one single deal … 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

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

Facebook and other banned sites to be accessible in China free trade zone


Facebook, Twitter and other websites deemed sensitive and blocked by the Chinese government will be accessible in a planned free-trade zone (FTZ) in Shanghai, the South China Morning Post reported on Tuesday. Citing unidentified government sources, the Hong Kong newspaper also said authorities would welcome bids from foreign telecoms firms for licences to provide Internet … Continue reading

China’s online crackdown prompts outrage: social media empowers environmental activism


Activists like Deng Fei demonstrate that “even the simplest Weibo message can become a movement,” writes the FT’s Leslie Hook: Earlier this year, Deng asked his followers to post photographs of polluted rivers and lakes in their hometowns. The outpouring of images prompted a series of press articles and shamed several local governments into cleaning … 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 internet forums in Mao-style crackdown on freedom of speech


A forceful campaign of intimidation against China’s most influential Internet users has cast a chill over public debate in the country and called into question the long-term viability of its most vibrant social-media platform. In an offensive that some critics have likened to the political purges of the Mao era, Beijing has recently detained or … Continue reading

China launches full-scale internet propaganda war


President Xi Jinping has issued a call to arms against the country’s unruly internet, ordering the Communist Party’s propaganda machine to build “a strong army” to “seize the ground of new media”. Xi’s remarks, made during a national meeting of propaganda chiefs in Beijing last month, came just as the central government was stepping up … Continue reading

China’s People’s Daily attacks US constitution


The People’s Daily continued its blitz on constitutionalism yesterday, with its overseas edition running another front-page commentary attacking US constitutional governance. The criticism comes amid an escalating debate over which political direction China is heading, ahead of a series of leadership meetings. The article, titled “American constitutional governance is more in name than in reality”, … 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’s Baidu makes its own Google Glass “independently”


Chinese search engine giant Baidu was jealous of Google’s interactive glasses, so they decided to create their own. With completely original, independently developed technology, of course. Google Glass is certainly a very interesting product, which is already in the last straight to before going on sale. Not everyone, however, intend to passively watch this project. … 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

Freedom of press in China; a battle worth fighting


The Guangdong provincial propaganda authorities rudely interfered with Guangzhou outspoken magazine Southern Weekly with respect to the magazine’s New Year message, and forced it to replace the message with one advocating constitutionalism, with a commentary glorifying the Communist Party. Journalists at the Southern Weekly were outraged because it was done without the consent of the … Continue reading

New York Times journalist forced to leave China


China apparently expelled a New York Times journalist after the paper ran a damaging report about the hidden wealth of outgoing premier Wen Jiabao and his family. Australian national Chris Buckley, who recently re-joined The New York Times after working as a correspondent for Reuters, left Beijing on Monday evening with his family after his application … Continue reading

Hollywood should bet on India over China


Hollywood should bet on India over China in the long term, according to Chris Dodd, the Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Speaking to Business Standard on the sidelines of the inaugural Asian Film Summit at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, during September 6-16, Dodd said, “We talk about … Continue reading

China’s Dalian Wanda to buy AMC Entertainment for $2.6 billion


China’s Dalian Wanda Group agreed to acquire AMC Entertainment for $2.6 billion, becoming the biggest theatre operator in the U.S. by revenue. Ties between the U.S. and Chinese movie industries have warmed after China agreed in February to open its market to more American films, with DreamWorks Animation announcing a landmark deal in the same … Continue reading

News Corp to acquire 20 percent of Chinese film distributor


News Corp has agreed to buy a stake in Chinese movie distributor Bona Film Group Ltd, becoming the latest U.S. media company to expand into China‘s booming movie market. News Corp will take a 19.9 percent stake in Bona Film from founder and chief executive Yu Dong, Bona said in a statement. It gave no … Continue reading

Al-Jazeera English closes Chinese bureau


The Chinese authorities have forced the closure of the Beijing bureau of Al-Jazeera English by refusing to renew the journalist visa of its long-time correspondent Melissa Chan. Requests by colleagues have also been rebuffed. It is the first expulsion of an accredited foreign correspondent in over a decade. Chan was said by China‘s foreign ministry … Continue reading

Iron Man 3 to be co-produced in China


The next “Iron Man” film will be co-produced in China under a joint agreement between Walt Disney Co, Marvel Studios and DMG Entertainment, the latest in a series of tie-ups between Hollywood and China where movie-going is growing fast. DMG – a Chinese entertainment and marketing group – will invest in Iron Man 3, manage … Continue reading

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