CMP Newswire

  • People's Daily: Cautions on WeChat ― In an article on page five of the Chinese Communist Party's official People's Daily newspaper today, new media expert Xu Danei (徐达内) addresses the benefits and disadvantages of the WeChat platform, focusing on the conversations happening in private chatrooms. The piece, which begins by enumerating the new conveniences offered by WeChat, quickly moves on to the risks -- rumours and unverified information. It concludes: "Of course, Tencent has been advancing the platform all along, with the reporting and complaints function on the backend constantly improving. Recently, the 'original content' label (原创标签) has also been tested, and can be seen as a further effort at advancement on Tencent's part. I'm sure that as a mature internet company, it can continue to do better and better."
  • SIIO Director Lu Wei: Choice Quotes on Internet Controls ― On October 30, 2014, at a press conference ahead of the World Internet Conference in Zhejiang, State Internet Information Office head Lu Wei (鲁炜) -- the hardline internet chief that lead the crackdown on the "Big V" account holders on Sina Weibo in 2013 -- was asked why sites like Facebook were shut down in China. He responded: "I haven’t used these websites [like Facebook] before, and I don’t know whether or not they’ve been shut down. But as to there being some websites that cannot be visited, I think this is situation probably exists. However, I want to say that our management [of the web] is all done according to the law, and all of the measures we take are to protect China’s national security and the rights Chinese consumers in accord with the law." Lu also used the metaphor of the home to explain China's information restrictions: "Your websites are in your home. How can I shut down shut down sites in your home? China is friendly, but it has a choice on which guests can visit."
  • Xinhua Releases Full Version of "Decision" from the 4th Plenum ― Here is a full version from the official Xinhua News Agency of the "Decision" on "rule of the country according to the law" issued from the 4th Plenum of the 18th Central Committee of the CCP. It begins: "In order to implement the Party's strategic deployments at the 18th National Congress and accelerate the building of a socialist nation governed by rule of law, the Fourth Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee issues the following decision after researching the comprehensive advancement of the major issue of ruling the nation by law." China Copyright and Media has done a full translation of the "decision" in English, available here: http://bit.ly/1tfQ4Rn
  • Xinhua Commentary: "Let Faith in Rule of Law Put Roots Down in the People's Hearts" ― In a commentary posted to the internet late this afternoon, and said to reflect the "spirit" of the recent Fourth Plenum, China's official Xinhua News Agency said that "the authority of the law lies in its being truly believed and treasured in the hearts of the people." The commentary said there was a need to foster widespread "faith" in the law among both leaders and ordinary people. At one point the commentary even used the word "citizens," or gongmin (公民), which has grown somewhat less common in state media over the past year as it is associated with the idea of "civil society." The Xinhua piece said: "Of all laws the most important laws are not those engraved on marble or etched in copper, but those inscribed on the hearts of citizens."
  • Xi Jinping: Thoroughly Promoting Governing of the Nation By Law Also Requires Deepening Reforms ― Topping most major internet sites in China today (presumably by order) as well as the People's Daily, an official news release summarizes an "important speech" made by President Xi Jinping yesterday at a Work Group on the Deepening of Reform. In the speech Xi sought to integrate that objectives of the recent Fourth Plenum with the decision on deepening reform introduced at the Third Plenum. He emphasizes that the promotion of "rule of the nation according to the law (依法治国), the focus of the Fourth Plenum "decision," is a critical step in the deepening of reforms in China.
  • Breeding tigers, and China’s caged press

    Breeding tigers, and China’s caged press

    After attacks from a prominent businessman, Caixin Media cited threats against "the fundamental principles of press freedom." Our thoughts.
    Fifty Shades of Xi

    Fifty Shades of Xi

    The Party's old practice of demanding self-confessions to keep officials and citizens in line is enjoying a comeback.
    The “cancer” of all things Western

    The “cancer” of all things Western

    The CCP is campaigning more actively against the ideas and values of the West -- "judicial independence," English learning, even Western food.
    The Remarks of Xi Jinping: hot, or not?

    The Remarks of Xi Jinping: hot, or not?

    A new book, the eighth, by China's president is making waves in official Party media.
    Lu Wei on the “dream of the web”

    Lu Wei on the “dream of the web”

    Welcoming guests from around the world, Lu Wei, the chairman of the Cyberspace Administration of China, reminded all of the need for internet control.
    The buzzing flies of the West

    The buzzing flies of the West

    A hardline commentary from Seeking Truth journal warns of foreign conspiracies to destabilize China.
    People power and order under heaven

    People power and order under heaven

    Former CMP fellow Zhang Ming writes about the need better mechanisms to ensure people can make their voices heard.
    Meeting Mr. “Hot Phrase”

    Meeting Mr. “Hot Phrase”

    People's Daily Online gives a bootlicking rundown of 12 of the president's top "hot phrases," including "the new normal."
    The shoe that fits: China’s “rule of law”

    The shoe that fits: China’s “rule of law”

    The People's Daily argues (once again) that China cannot copy Western notions of "rule of law."
    Notes on China’s “new normal”

    Notes on China’s “new normal”

    Chinese internet expert and former CMP fellow Hu Yong writes about five dark highlights of the past year.

    CMP Editorial

    Why Southern Weekly?

    Posted on 2013-02-18 CMP director Qian Gang explains why protests last month calling for freedom of speech in China began at the Southern Weekly newspaper. Why was the paper's New Year's edition so important, and such a point of contention?

    Media buzzword

    红二代
    hóng èrdài
    Second-Generation Reds
    The term “second-generation reds,” or hong er’dai (红二代), refers to Chinese who born in the 1960s and early 1970s (before the end of the Cultural… Read

    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

    The following post by the Chinese-language edition of Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post (SCMP_南華早報), which reports on corruption allegations against Henan businessman Guo Wengui… Read

    CMP Fellows column

    The long shadow of the Pu Zhiqiang case

    Posted on 2015-01-20
    On January 11, rights defense lawyer and former CMP fellow Pu Zhiqiang spent his 50th birthday behind bars.

    A letter to Beijing police

    Posted on 2015-01-07
    The following open letter addressed to Beijing police was written by former CMP fellow Zhai Minglei (翟明磊).