Taiwanese-born Communist cadre opposed Beijing’s rule as a student, Hong Kong writer says

On March 11 Ling Yu-shih (凌友詩), a 57-year-old Taiwanese national, gave a speech at a meeting of the annual Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), advocating for Taiwan's unification with China. “Standing with all of the other CPPCC members in bearing the mission of rejuvenating China, our motherland, I can say that I have managed … Continue reading Taiwanese-born Communist cadre opposed Beijing’s rule as a student, Hong Kong writer says

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Only 41 percent of Hong Kong people have trust in ‘one country, two systems’, survey shows

Hong Kong people's trust in the 'one country, two systems' framework has hit a new low, a survey conducted by the Public Opinion Programme of Hong Kong University shows. According to the survey, over 55 percent of respondents have no confidence in Hong Kong's future, the lowest figure since 1994. Bauhinia Square, Hong Kong 70 … Continue reading Only 41 percent of Hong Kong people have trust in ‘one country, two systems’, survey shows

Brainwashing the people – Mao Zedong, the Chinese Communist Party and the politics of thought control

On the evening of 17 May 1966 Deng Tuo, one of China's most prominent Communist propagandists, committed suicide by overdose of sleeping tablets as an act of protest against charges levelled against him during the Cultural Revolution. Following the tradition of Chinese political suicides, which dated back to the loyal minister Qu Yuan in the … Continue reading Brainwashing the people – Mao Zedong, the Chinese Communist Party and the politics of thought control

Professor Jin Yuelin’s confession and self-criticism during China’s 1951-52 thought reform campaign

On April 17, 1952, the newspaper Guangming Daily published a "confession" written by professor Jin Yuelin (金岳霖, also spelled Chin Yüeh-lin). The confession, entitled "Criticism of my idealistic bourgeois pedagogical ideology" (批判我的唯心論的資產階級教學思想), was made during the "thought reform campaign" launched by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) under Mao Zedong's leadership in 1951-52 (Chen 1960, p. … Continue reading Professor Jin Yuelin’s confession and self-criticism during China’s 1951-52 thought reform campaign

China removes from school textbooks story of first anti-government uprising during the Qin Dynasty

The Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China (PRC) has reportedly removed from middle school textbooks references to the Dazexiang Uprising (209 BC), also known as the Chen Sheng Wu Guang Uprising (陳勝吳廣起義 / 陈胜吴广起义). Previously the national unified middle school textbooks on Chinese language and literature, compiled by the Ministry of Education … Continue reading China removes from school textbooks story of first anti-government uprising during the Qin Dynasty

China’s Ministry of Education tells students they must “listen to the Party”

Chen Baosheng (陈宝生), Minister of Education of the People's Republic of China (PRC), has called on colleges and universities to become a "powerful front in support of the Party's leadership" and has urged professors and students to "listen to the Party." On February 22 the "China Discipline Inspection and Supervision Daily," a newspaper controlled by … Continue reading China’s Ministry of Education tells students they must “listen to the Party”

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

A Chinese netizen was fined 500 yuan for sharing a tweet critical of Venezuela’s government

A Chinese netizen was fined 500 yuan (approximately US$73) for sharing a tweet critical of Venezuela's socialist government. Last week Chinese Twitter user Xiucai Jianghu (秀才江湖, @xiucai1911) tweeted out the picture of a document allegedly filed by the Public Security Bureau of Xi'an, the capital of China's Shaanxi province. The tweet appears to have been … Continue reading A Chinese netizen was fined 500 yuan for sharing a tweet critical of Venezuela’s government

Steve Bannon, Guo Wengui warn that China might attack Taiwan, urge the West to unite against Beijing

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and Chinese dissident billionaire Guo Wengui claimed in a video released on February 7 that China might attack Taiwan in the coming years. In the three-hour-long video Steve Bannon argued that China will attack Taiwan to distract from domestic issues, especially its economic woes. He said that as … Continue reading Steve Bannon, Guo Wengui warn that China might attack Taiwan, urge the West to unite against Beijing

Is democracy possible in China? Democratic thought in Chinese history – Sun Yat-sen, Lin Yutang, Carsun Chang

University professors from Jiao Tong University vote at a polling booth during the Republic of China legislative election in Shanghai, 1948 (via Wikimedia Commons) Since the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1949, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has dominated public discourse through its control of the media and education. The CCP … Continue reading Is democracy possible in China? Democratic thought in Chinese history – Sun Yat-sen, Lin Yutang, Carsun Chang