China, Rhetorical Giant?

China, Rhetorical Giant?

China's "discourse power," writes one CCP scholar, has suffered under more than a century of Western dominance. But Chinese discourse, he argues, is undergoing a "great rejuvenation" on the world stage.
Xi Jinping’s Web of Laws

Xi Jinping’s Web of Laws

Three regulations introduced on May 2, 2017, are a sign that China's vision of centralised cyber control is coming together.
The Stench of the Market

The Stench of the Market

A top regulator of the broadcast and film industry said arts and culture must not lose their way as they seek to become popular.
Millennial Shift for China’s Journalists

Millennial Shift for China’s Journalists

The period from the mid-1990s to roughly the mid-2000s was a golden era for Chinese journalists. Now, however, many of the (still young) old guard have deserted, leaving inexperience in their wake.
Chinese Drama Shelved

Chinese Drama Shelved

Earlier this week, the much-awaited television drama White Dear Plain was pulled after airing just one episode. The drama's distributors suggested the decision was strategic, but the situation is unclear. Were regulators involved?
Trump Tweets Deleted in China

Trump Tweets Deleted in China

This post deleted from Sina Weibo simply relayed Trump's April 11 posts on Twitter about demanding China's help on the North Korea issue.
Has Xi Jinping Gotten His Crown?

Has Xi Jinping Gotten His Crown?

For months, observers of China’s political terrain have speculated on what phrase will come to symbolize the Chinese president’s rise to paramount leader status. We might now have our answer.
A Quick Scan at the NPC

A Quick Scan at the NPC

China’s annual National People’s Congress (NPC) is one of the country’s biggest news events of the year. But restrictions on substantive reporting about policies can mean, paradoxically, a slow news week for Chinese media. Here’s one of this week’s first distraction stories.
Stuck in the Middle

Stuck in the Middle

This should be a golden era of reporting — but according to media analyst Qiao Mu there is very little Chinese media can talk about outside of finance, entertainment and titillating international stories (like that of spiritual guru Wang Lin, pictured at left with Alibaba's Jack Ma).
Clearing the Air

Clearing the Air

Facing a mixed picture for China’s economy and other nagging issues, the government is going on the offensive, pushing out negative voices in favor of “authoritative” official information.

CMP Editorial

The Baffling Makeover of CCTV Global

Posted on 2017-01-05 Xi Jinping recently congratulated the state-run broadcaster CCTV for its “makeover” of its international content platform. But changes at the network look like more of the same.

Quotes in the media

Culture is the foundation of a people’s existence and development. Even if the land of a people is occupied by enemies, if its culture can survive then it can cohere hearts again and there is hope for revival . . . One important contribution of [Chinese] culture is that it provides humanity with a cultural development mode and civilisational pattern that differs from that of the West.

Media buzzword

网络主权
Wǎngluò zhǔquán
Internet Sovereignty
Formally introduced into the Chinese political lexicon in a June 2010 State Council Information Office white paper called “The Internet in China,” the term "Internet sovereignty" encapsulates the Chinese Communist Party's assertion that the traditional notion of national sovereignty is applicable to cyberspace.

Comic China

In what he says will be his "last satirical cartoon" before he switches entirely to puff commercial work, artist Cheng Tao depicts China's internet as a virtual prison.

The Anti-Social List

This post deleted from Sina Weibo simply relayed Trump's April 11 posts on Twitter about demanding China's help on the North Korea issue.

CMP Fellows column

What is This “Positive Energy”?

Posted on 2015-12-15
Chinese leaders have spoken a great deal lately about the need to "spread positive energy to society."

China’s unspeakable consensus

Posted on 2015-07-29
A Chinese online publication published an investigative series on the ills caused by China's controversial Three Gorges Dam. The series was killed in under 7 hours.