The deterioration of China’s media freedom in the Xi Jinping era

On March 19, 2007, the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) published a report on the development of China’s media. The paper, titled “The Chinese Media: More Autonomous and Diverse–Within Limits,” outlined how during the previous two decades China’s print and broadcast media had expanded, diversified and commercialized. Among the factors that contributed to the … Continue reading The deterioration of China’s media freedom in the Xi Jinping era

Chinese Netizen Imprisoned For 10 Days After Insulting Xi Jinping On WeChat

A Chinese netizen was sentenced to 10 days in prison and the payment of a fine after he insulted President Xi Jinping in a WeChat group. As Taiwan-based Apple Daily reports, on July 19 a 39-year-old man named Ni Huaping from Sanya, a city in southern China’s Hainan Province, posted a comment on a WeChat … Continue reading Chinese Netizen Imprisoned For 10 Days After Insulting Xi Jinping On WeChat

Chinese Communist Party Enshrines ‘Xi Jinping Thought’ Into Party Discipline Regulations

  The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has published a revised version of its discipline regulations, enshrining ‘Xi Jinping Thought’ as a fundamental guideline for political cadres’ conduct. The move further consolidates Xi Jinping’s personality cult and his role as the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong. During the 13th National People’s Congress held in … Continue reading Chinese Communist Party Enshrines ‘Xi Jinping Thought’ Into Party Discipline Regulations

Uncle Xi “Beats The Tiger” – Xi Jinping’s New Year Propaganda Cartoon

On 17 February Beijing Chaoyang Studio (北京朝阳工作室) released three cartoons which aim at spreading among the people the values of the Xi Jinping administration in a way that is closer to the common citizen and less stiff and cold than traditional political propaganda. One of the three cartoons is entitled  “Has the mass line been truly … Continue reading Uncle Xi “Beats The Tiger” – Xi Jinping’s New Year Propaganda Cartoon

Deng Xiaoping On Personality Cult And One-Man Rule – 1980 Interview

On February 25 Chinese state media announced a list of proposed amendments to China’s Constitution that will in all likelihood be adopted at the National People’s Congress (NPC) starting on March 5. One of the the 21 proposed amendments is the abolition of the current limit of two five-year terms for the office of the President and … Continue reading Deng Xiaoping On Personality Cult And One-Man Rule – 1980 Interview

China-Taiwan Tensions and the Guomindang’s Existential Crisis

In November 2014 the Guomindang (Chinese Nationalist Party) suffered a defeat in Taiwan’s local elections, winning 40.7% of the votes and only 6 out of 22 local seats. The main opposition party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), gained 47.5% of the votes. This setback led to the resignation en masse of the Guomindang executive cabinet. It … Continue reading China-Taiwan Tensions and the Guomindang’s Existential Crisis

Hong Kong and foreign citizens could be extradited to mainland China according to new legislation, authoritative source says

Both Hong Kong citizens and foreign nationals risk to be extradited to mainland China for “harming China’s national security” if an extradition law between Hong Kong and the mainland is adopted. Hong Kong-based newspaper Apple Daily reports that according to an anonymous source , who is described as “authoritative” (權威人士), recently the Vice Premier of … Continue reading Hong Kong and foreign citizens could be extradited to mainland China according to new legislation, authoritative source says

Chinese national anthem will be played every day at 7 a.m., according to new government circular promoting patriotism

On May 19 the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) issued a circular regarding the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Communist State in 1949. The circular stresses the importance of “holding high the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics,” and of “vigorously promoting the great national spirit … Continue reading Chinese national anthem will be played every day at 7 a.m., according to new government circular promoting patriotism

Freedom or despotism? – Autocratic governance and laissez-faire in Imperial China

China is … a despotic state, whose principle is fear. Perhaps in the earliest dynasties, when the empire had not so large an extent, the government might have deviated a little from this spirit; but the case is otherwise at present. (Charles De Secondat Montesquieu, The Spirit of Laws) During the Manchu dynasty … [t]he … Continue reading Freedom or despotism? – Autocratic governance and laissez-faire in Imperial China

Pro-Beijing Taiwanese politicians seek rapprochement with China

On April 29 James Soong (宋楚瑜), a Taiwanese politician and chairman of the People First Party (親民黨), told China’s state-run news agency Xinhua that he supports the 1992 consensus and the one-China policy. Soong travelled to Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China to hold talks with local politicians. “[B]oth sides agree on the one-China principle … Continue reading Pro-Beijing Taiwanese politicians seek rapprochement with China