March 2017

CMP's "news and analysis" section covers breaking news and emerging trends in the Chinese media and places these within a larger social and political context.

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.

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The Long Road to a Simpler Party Style

The Long Road to a Simpler Party Style Read the dizzying jargon the Party uses to talk about its decades-long battle against jargon — and you know exactly where the problem lies.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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