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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

Chinese river mysteriously turns blood red overnight


A waterway in eastern China has mysteriously turned a blood red color. Residents in Zhejiang province said the river looked normal at 5 a.m. Beijing time on Thursday morning. Within an hour, the entire river turned crimson. Residents also said a strange smell wafted through the air. “The really weird thing is that we have … 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

China says world’s worst pollution has benefits


Commentaries by two of China’s most influential news outlets suggesting that an ongoing air pollution crisis was not without a silver lining drew a withering reaction on Tuesday from internet users and other media. In online commentaries on Monday, state broadcaster CCTV and the widely read tabloid the Global Times, published by the Communist Party’s … 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

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

New report says 15% of corruption accusations against China’s officials are made by mistresses


In the early days of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s drive to clean up the Communist Party’s image, disciplinary authorities benefited from the work of a group of accusers with particularly intimate knowledge of corrupt bureaucrats’ nefarious activities: their extramarital lovers. A district party chief in the southwestern mega-city of Chongqing, a police chief in the … Continue reading

China sends riot police to block new protests by flood victims


Authorities in eastern China dispatched riot police on Wednesday to guard against a resumption of anti-government protests after a day of clashes pitting security forces against thousands of victims of the worst floods in a century. On Tuesday, residents of Yuyao city massed in front of the local government headquarters, denouncing what they decried as … Continue reading

Critics take advantage as China celebrates sensitive 64th birthday


A country’s 64th birthday is usually the sort of humdrum occasion that is briefly marked and quickly forgotten. Not so in China on Tuesday, where the sight of 64s splashed across TV screens and on billboards has been jarring for many. The number is highly charged in China due to its association with the post-Mao … 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 broadcasts “confession” of Chinese-American blogger


Chinese state television on Sunday broadcast a startling video of a famous blogger in handcuffs, renouncing his Web posts and saying how dangerous the Internet would be if left uncontrolled by the government. The 10-minute news report featuring Charles Xue — a Chinese American businessman and one of China’s most popular bloggers — was the latest step … 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

Chinese Police Detain Online Commentator Xue Manzi


Chinese authorities are sending a chill through the country’s boisterous community of online social commentators as police detained a prominent Web user and state media stepped up calls for a crackdown on what they describe as spreading rumors online. Xue Manzi, above, spoke at the China Internet Conference 2013 on Aug. 13. He has been … Continue reading

Poll: Young Chinese use ‘daddies’ to get ahead


To get ahead in China, you need the right daddy. So says a recent online survey showing that nearly 84% of respondents believe the young people around them would prefer to play a game of pin die rather than work hard. Meaning something like “powerful daddy,” the phrase refers to competing on the basis of … Continue reading

Mooncake crackdown: China’s annual Mid-Autumn Festival centrepiece banned


First baijiu, then red carpets, and now mooncakes. For Chinese government officials, the list of taboos keeps getting longer. One month before the country celebrates its annual Mid-Autumn Festival, Chinese authorities said Wednesday that they are barring officials from buying mooncakes – a centrepiece of the holiday – as well as giving presents or hosting … Continue reading

Chinese official says police job to beat people


A surprising statement by a government official in eastern China’s Jiangsu province has captured the attention of internet users after it was caught on video and posted online on Sunday. “If the police don’t beat people, what’s the point of keeping them?” said an unidentified official of a complaint bureau in Suzhou. “The police are … Continue reading

Chinese Maserati owner smashes up his luxury car


A wealthy Chinese Maserati owner hired four sledgehammer-wielding men to smash-up his $420,000 super car in protest at poor customer service. The car owner, identified as Wang, had the group attack the Maserati Quattroporte at the opening of an auto show in the eastern city of Qingdao in Shandong province, the Qingdao Morning Post said. Video images … 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: unequal in death, as well as in life


The news that Guangzhou is to start building a costly cemetery exclusively for revolutionary heroes and government officials this October has stirred up something of an online controversy. With the cost of cemetery space far higher than housing, it has highlighted the increasing inequality in Chinese society – in death, as well as in life. … Continue reading

28,000 rivers disappeared in China


As recently as 20 years ago, there were an estimated 50,000 rivers in China, each covering a flow area of at least 60 square miles. But now, according to China’s First National Census of Water, more than 28,000 of these rivers are missing. To put this number into context, China’s lost rivers are almost equal, in … 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 censorship of social media; how they do it


For those of us who live in the democratic world, its taken for granted that a social utility such as Twitter is an open forum, where people can say just about anything and not worry about censorship. Not only are there few rules in place to regulate Twitters content, it’s obvious that corporate or government … Continue reading

Did China just declare war on Apple?


Chinese state media reported that, from January of last year to the end of last month, more than 20,000 college students in the central city of Wuhan applied for 160 million yuan of “high-interest rate loans” from Home Credit China. Beijing’s saturation coverage mentioned Home Credit China’s unsavory lending practices, but that was not the primary point of … Continue reading

$2.34 trillion untaxed income in China every year


The Chinese hide as much as 14.7 trillion yuan [2.34 trillion US dollars] in income per year from the government’s official numbers, deputy director of the National Economic Research Institute Wang Xiaolu reported during a recent talk at the Finance Museum. China‘s grey income, or unreported income, came to 9.3 trillion yuan [1.49 trillion US dollars] in 2008 … Continue reading

Hawkish Chinese general fights on Weibo social media


A hawkish and well-connected Chinese major-general, Luo Yuan, who last year reportedly recommended turning islands in the East China Sea claimed by both China and Japan into a shooting range, has debuted in China’s enormously popular world of microblogging with the announcement that “we must fight for our beloved fatherland, beloved party, beloved army and beloved … Continue reading

China now has up to 400 “cancer villages”


China now has up to 400 “cancer villages,” and the government only just admitted it. China’s “growth at all costs” approach to development has meant industries can spew waste pretty much wherever they want. Drinking water sources? Sure. Farmland? Fine. That approach has poisoned entire towns, sending cancer rates soaring. There are now so many … Continue reading

25,000 netizens applaud U.S. tax plans which fight Chinese corruption


The new US tax act could be China‘s latest weapon against corruption, according to many Chinese netizens. A single blog post – entitled America joins China’s anti-corruption campaign – was reposted almost 25,000 times on Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter. Netizens excitedly discussed the consequences for corrupt Chinese officials with families holding U.S. green … Continue reading

How not to beat the rush for Chinese train tickets


In freewheeling and fast-growing China, providing an innovative service might be enough to get rich. In the case of China’s tightly regulated train ticket market, however, it is enough to get arrested. The story begins with the approach of China’s most important holiday the Spring Festival, which this year falls on February 10. Every year … Continue reading

People’s Daily editorials signal harsher internet regulation in China


Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece the People’s Daily meted out harshly worded front-page editorials about internet regulation on Friday, Thursday and Tuesday this week, a move that might signal the party’s new campaign to impose further controls on the nation’s already heavily censored internet, especially its booming social media community. In Friday’s editorial titled “The internet … Continue reading

China’s ‘Carrier Style’ parody of Gangnam Style demonstrates national pride in military growth


Since South Korean musician ‘PSY‘ released his ‘Gangnam Style’ song earlier this year it has gone viral around the world. Parodies have sprung up in virtually every country, ranging from individuals in their back gardens, to students from the highly prestigious Eton College in the UK. But now China is competing for the top spot … Continue reading

China web users greet Hu speech with derision


Chinese internet users have evaded censors to take potshots at President Hu Jintao’s assessment of his performance in a farewell speech, saying the country is walking down a dead-end road in “broken shoes”. Hu launched a week-long Communist Party congress in Beijing on Thursday with a speech that touted his political leadership but also warned … Continue reading

China: Ridiculous security measures for 18th party congress


SCMP reports: “Following the ill fate of taxis and fruit knives, toy planes in Beijing are also facing a crackdown ahead of the 18th party congress. “Residents in Beijing now need to present their identification cards to purchase a remote-controlled toy plane, Beijing Youth Daily reported on Thursday. The procedure is almost as strict as … Continue reading

Chinese censors block New York Times


According to New York Times, Wen Jiabao’s family controlled assets worth US$2.7 billion dollars. It must be well founded. Otherwise, the people who think that their worth is exaggerated will come out to reveal the true value of their assets. Since it is true, the Chinese authorities simply resort to wide-ranging censorship to cover it … Continue reading

Surprisingly, China’s newspapers criticise detention for dissent


Chinese government-controlled newspapers have openly criticised the detention of a village official who called for the end of Communist Party rule, an extraordinary move that some media experts see as a sign that Beijing is granting more leeway on free speech. The campaign is all the more remarkable because Ren Jianyu, 25, was sentenced to … Continue reading

Collapse of new bridge underscores worries about China infrastructure


One of the longest bridges in northern China collapsed on Friday, just nine months after it opened, setting off a storm of criticism from Chinese Internet users and underscoring questions about the quality of construction in the country’s rapid expansion of its infrastructure. A nearly 330-foot-long section of a ramp of the eight-lane Yangmingtan Bridge … Continue reading

“Body double” blocked in online searches; Gu Kailai imposter at trial?


To the long list of things that have become taboo in the case of Gu Kailai, the recently convicted murderer and wife of ousted Communist Party official Bo Xilai, you can now add the Chinese term for “body double.” Sina Weibo, China’s most active microblogging service, and Baidu, its largest Internet search engine, have both … Continue reading

China Weibo can’t handle the truth


On the Internet in China, the “truth” has vanished. The truth is not out there. The Chinese word for “truth” (真相) has been blocked from Sina Weibo, China‘s leading social media site. It might seem like a bad Orwellian joke, or a satirical headline from “The Onion,” but it’s true. This is what CNN saw … Continue reading

China Weibo: When regulation hits its stride, freedom of speech retreats


Weibo.com, the Chinese version of Twitter, has announced new rules today to complement the existing Weibo Community Convention.  The new rules have announced some  stricter measures to control the dissemination and sharing of information via the internet in China. The prior Convention of Weibo was created two months ago following the heyday of microblogging that shed … Continue reading

China blocks Bloomberg site after report on leader


China blocked access to Bloomberg‘s website on the mainland after the business and financial news agency published a report Friday detailing the multimillion-dollar assets of relatives of the man set to become the country’s next president. The report says that the extended family of Vice President Xi Jinping holds interests that include investments in companies … Continue reading

Chinese censors can’t hide deleted Weibo posts


A program developed at Hong Kong University recovers the politically sensitive blog posts that are removed from the Chinese version of Twitter by mainland officials. Mainland censors monitor the Chinese version of Twitter for politically sensitive posts and delete them but a university pilot project, WeiboScope, allows researchers to recover and analyse the deleted postings. … Continue reading

The Anonymous Chinese blogger and the Jasmine revolution


Today, more than 485 million people use the internet in China. Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, boasts over 300 million registered users. Admittedly, a large proportion of Chinese netizens surf the net as a means of entertainment, but for many others, the Internet is a very useful tool for finding and sharing information about … Continue reading

The Not-So-Great Firewall of China


Every news organisation needs a social media strategy. Even China’s government-controlled Xinhua News Agency now “tweets” news bulletins through Twitter-like microblogs called weibo — through which more than 300 million users share details of their daily lives, jokes, gossip, and news. Chinese companies running weibo services are required by the government to censor and monitor … Continue reading

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