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Not Letting a Hundred Flowers Bloom

After describing the systematic dismantling of the news website Cenci Journalism Project, deleted from the Internet earlier this month, The Economist looks at how Cenci’s fate fits into the broader crackdown on traditional and new media under the Xi administration: Since Xi Jinping took over as China’s president in March 2013, Chinese journalists have operated under increasingly tighter media restrictions. On July 15th ...
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Sensitive Words: Zhou Yongkang Investigation

As of July 31, the following search terms were blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function). Zhou Yongkang Investigation: On Tuesday of this week, Chinese authorities announced a Central Commission for Discipline Inspection investigation into retired domestic security chief and former Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang. The announcement came after months of graft probes had hit over 30 ...
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Photo: Kanas Lake, by Chenghong Xie

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State-Appointed Muslim Leader Killed in Xinjiang

Xinhua reports that police in Kashgar, Xinjiang, have shot dead two and captured a third suspect in the murder of Jume Tahir, vice-president of the Beijing-sanctioned Islamic Association of China: The killings and arrest happened as the suspects resisted arrest with knives and axes at noon on Wednesday, according to the authorities. Turghun Tursun, Memetjan Remutillan and Nurmemet Abidilimit were wanted over ...
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Hukou Reforms Aim to Smooth Urbanization

Chris Buckley at The New York Times reports the announcement of new changes to China’s hukou registration system, as promised in the reform blueprint published after the Party’s Third Plenum in November. The Chinese government issued proposals on Wednesday to break down barriers that a nationwide household registration system has long imposed between rural and urban residents and among regions, reinforcing inequality, breeding discontent and hampering economic growth. Yet even ...
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What’s Wrong With this Chinese Town?

At Foreign Policy, Alexa Olesen reports on a fresh scandal in the Jiangsu town from which seven petitioners traveled to Beijing to attempt public suicide this month. They worked under cover of night in early June, dumping truckloads of dirt on the new highway and planting fast-growing soybean seeds in the thin soil. Then they erected a sign alerting passersby to the freshly sown crop. This wasn’t some ecological initiative like ...
Full article at: China Digital Times 23 hours ago, 7:40pm CDT

Photo: Golden Light Above The Sky, by Achilles Shan

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Xinjiang Attack Disputed; Uyghur Scholar Charged

Xinhua yesterday reported that a “premeditated and carefully planned” violent terrorist attack [Chinese] in Shache County, western Xinijang had killed dozens of civilians and destroyed over 30 police vehicles early on Monday morning, and that security forces in turn shot dead dozens of the armed assailants “in accordance with the law.” Xinhua’s report came more than a day after unverified rumors of an attack and subsequent crackdown were being de ...
Full article at: China Digital Times 1 day ago, 6:52pm CDT

How to Catch a Tiger: the Fall of Zhou Yongkang

On Tuesday, Chinese authorities made the long-anticipated announcement of an investigation into former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang. The pursuit of a former member of the ultra-elite Politburo Standing Committee breaks the “unwritten rules” said to have governed the Party’s internal politics since the Cultural Revolution. At Reuters, however, Benjamin Kang Lim and Ben Blanchard report that current Party head Xi Jinping was able to secure his predecessors’ approval before bringing Zhou ...
Full article at: China Digital Times 1 day ago, 6:50pm CDT

Minitrue: Flight Cancellations and Military Exercises

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source. News websites pay strict attention to commentary on flight delays and cancellations at all locations. Do not call military exercises into question. (July 30, 2014) 新闻网站对各地延误、停降航班一事要严格注意评论审核 不得质疑军演影响。 Following earlier reports that PLA military exercises will require many domestic airports to de ...
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