June 2016

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.

Supervising Supervision

Supervising Supervision Media controls have long been tightening in China. But President Xi may want much more -- a radical restructuring of the entire information control system to put a stop to unwanted public opinion.

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Super Swimmer Mao Zedong

Super Swimmer Mao Zedong Among the many stories from the period of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) in China that illustrate the absurdity of the time, is the tale of how Chairman Mao was the world's fastest swimmer.

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A Brief History of Singing Red

A Brief History of Singing Red A concert of Maoist songs in Beijing recently sparked online controversy. But what exactly is a "red song"?

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The Maoist Revival That Unraveled

The Maoist Revival That Unraveled A Maoist "red song" event in Beijing sparked fears over the rise of leftist ideas. But things took an unexpected turn.

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When is a fact a fact in China?

When is a fact a fact in China? In his February speech on media, President Xi Jinping talked about the need to "accurately report individual facts." But under stringent propaganda controls, what exactly does factuality amount to?

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