This Week on the Chinternet (May 14, 2015)

As part of our Hot on the Chinternet series, here are some of the headlines Chinese netizens are following this week:

The death of Xu Chunhe, an impoverished petitioner who was shot during an altercation with police in a train station in Qing’an, Heilongjiang, has captured netizens’ attention. Media Notes: Publish Immediately reviews media coverage of the case while lawyers for Xu’s mother continued to be skeptical of edited surveillance video of the incident which showed Xu being aggressive toward the officer and throwing his young daughter.

Mingjing Monthly: Xi Jinping, Wang Qishan Cease Capture of Big Tigers & Investigations into Standing Committee Members‘ Families. This follows an exposé in the New York Times about business tycoon Wang Jianlin and his ties to the political elite, including the sister and brother-in-law of Xi Jinping.

CCTV Cancellation of Live Broadcast of Russian Military Parade Generates Discussion. Xi Jinping’s visit to Moscow was a major topic of online discussion, including the decision by CCTV to cancel the live broadcast of Russia’s Victory Day parade, where Xi had a VIP seat next to Putin.

Netizen Voices: The Collapse of the Chinese Dream. Netizens found symbolism in a stage collapse that injured eight. Read more from Global Voices.

In a new feature called Hot on the Chinternet, we regularly tweet out translated headlines of posts on CDT Chinese that are getting the most attention in Chinese cyberspace, but which we are not translating in full. We hope this will aid our readers in getting a fuller sense of which stories Chinese netizens are following most closely. Those who read Chinese can click through to read the full post.

We are posting the tweets through our @CDT account with the hashtag #中文, and streaming them on the right sidebar of our front page. We will also round-up the week’s headlines in a post each Friday afternoon.