Beijing Tightens Control Over Hong Kong Broadcast Media

Since the passing of the Hong Kong National Security Law in July, Beijing has steadily expanded its control over Hong Kong’s media outlets. In August, Next Digital publisher Jimmy Lai was dramatically arrested on national security charges during a raid of Apple Daily’s offices. Last week, Hong Kong police announced that they would begin to bar from restricted press areas journalists representing outlets not officially recognized by the government. Several other major Hong Kong media organizations have experienced significant changes over the last three months, including attempts...

I saw not an emperor standing there exhibiting his “new clothes,” but a clown who stripped naked and insisted on continuing being emperor.

- Ren Zhiqiang on Xi Jinping

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Minitrue Diary, January 17, 2020: Low Birth Rates, Spring Festival Galas, Volleyball Movie,

CDT has recently acquired and verified a collection of propaganda directives issued by central Party authorities to state media at the beginning of this year. These directives were issued on an almost daily basis in early 2020, and we will be posting them over the coming weeks. The following four directives were released on January 17, 2020. On January 17, the National Bureau of Statistics will make an announcement on the state of national economic performance in 2019. Regarding its reference to the total population of China’s mainland reaching 1.4 billion, related reports should play...

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Xinjiang Data Project Maps Detention Centers, Religious Sites Across Region

On Wednesday, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute unveiled the Xinjiang Data Project, which maps over 380 suspected detention centers as well as 570 mosques and 396 important cultural sites in the region. ASPI researcher Nathan Ruser’s report alleges that at least 61 detention centers have undergone new construction between July 2019 and July 2020, including at least 14 facilities still under construction in 2020. This directly contradicts a 2019 Xinhua report that all “trainees” in the camps had graduated and an assertion in August of this year by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi that...

Minitrue Diary, January 14, 2020: Higher Education, Dutch Chip-makers, WHO & Coronavirus

CDT has recently acquired and verified a collection of propaganda directives issued by central Party authorities to state media at the beginning of this year. These directives were issued on an almost daily basis in early 2020, and we will be posting them over the coming weeks. The following four directives were released on January 14, 2020. In the next few days, the Ministry of Education will announce its Recommendation on Pilot Reform Program to Recruit Students in Basic Subjects to Select Institutes of Higher Education (the “Strong Base Plan”). If covering this, follow...

Viral Content: Laozi Says it Everywhere

Viral Content is a new CDT series introducing terms coined and used by Chinese netizens during the 2019-2020 COVID-19 outbreak. These terms include both subversive critiques and nationalistic support of government policies. Similar terms are being compiled and translated at China Digital Space, CDT’s bilingual wiki, as we expand it beyond the Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon to include short biographies of people pushing for change in China, topical resource pages, and special projects.   Laozi Says It Everywhere (I Say It Everywhere) Lǎozi dàochù shuō 老子到处说 Play on the words of Dr. Ai Fen, the...

Beijing Tightens Control Over Hong Kong Broadcast Media

Since the passing of the Hong Kong National Security Law in July, Beijing has steadily expanded its control over Hong Kong’s media outlets. In August, Next Digital publisher Jimmy Lai was dramatically arrested on national security charges during a raid of Apple Daily’s offices. Last week, Hong Kong police announced that they would begin to bar from restricted press areas journalists representing outlets not officially recognized by the government. Several other major Hong Kong media organizations have experienced significant changes over the last three months, including attempts...

Beijing Tightens Control Over Hong Kong Broadcast Media

Since the passing of the Hong Kong National Security Law in July, Beijing has steadily expanded its control over Hong Kong’s media outlets. In August, Next Digital publisher Jimmy Lai was dramatically arrested on national security charges during a raid of Apple Daily’s offices. Last week, Hong Kong police announced that they would begin to bar from restricted press areas journalists representing outlets not officially recognized by the government. Several other major Hong Kong media organizations have experienced significant changes over the last three months, including attempts...

Australian Journalists Flee China Amid Foreign Media Crackdown

Following threatening behavior from Chinese security offices, two Australian journalists have left China. Bill Birtles of Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Michael Smith of The Australian Financial Review both received simultaneous visits from security officers at their homes in Beijing and Shanghai, respectively, last week, and later went under Australian consular protection until they departed Tuesday. Matthew Doran and Stephen Dziedzic report for ABC News: Bill Birtles, the ABC’s correspondent based in Beijing, and Mike Smith, the AFR’s correspondent based in Shanghai,...

Q&A: Leta Hong Fincher on China’s Resilient Feminists

A former journalist, Leta Hong Fincher was the first American to receive a PhD in Sociology from Tsinghua University in Beijing. Her research there led to her first book, “Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China,” which examined rising gender inequalities in China today through the lens of economics, marriage, and the real estate market. Her widely acclaimed second book, “Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China,” examines the rise of a new feminist movement in China and profiles several of the key participants, including the...

Minitrue Diary, January 17, 2020: Low Birth Rates, Spring Festival Galas, Volleyball Movie,

CDT has recently acquired and verified a collection of propaganda directives issued by central Party authorities to state media at the beginning of this year. These directives were issued on an almost daily basis in early 2020, and we will be posting them over the coming weeks. The following four directives were released on January 17, 2020. On January 17, the National Bureau of Statistics will make an announcement on the state of national economic performance in 2019. Regarding its reference to the total population of China’s mainland reaching 1.4 billion, related reports should play...

Minitrue Diary, January 17, 2020: Low Birth Rates, Spring Festival Galas, Volleyball Movie,

CDT has recently acquired and verified a collection of propaganda directives issued by central Party authorities to state media at the beginning of this year. These directives were issued on an almost daily basis in early 2020, and we will be posting them over the coming weeks. The following four directives were released on January 17, 2020. On January 17, the National Bureau of Statistics will make an announcement on the state of national economic performance in 2019. Regarding its reference to the total population of China’s mainland reaching 1.4 billion, related reports should play...

Minitrue Diary, January 14, 2020: Higher Education, Dutch Chip-makers, WHO & Coronavirus

CDT has recently acquired and verified a collection of propaganda directives issued by central Party authorities to state media at the beginning of this year. These directives were issued on an almost daily basis in early 2020, and we will be posting them over the coming weeks. The following four directives were released on January 14, 2020. In the next few days, the Ministry of Education will announce its Recommendation on Pilot Reform Program to Recruit Students in Basic Subjects to Select Institutes of Higher Education (the “Strong Base Plan”). If covering this, follow...

HK Activists Held On Mainland After Capture At Sea; Lawyers Denied Access

Early in the evening of August 23, 12 Hong Kong activists boarded a boat in the Hong Kong fishing village Po Toi O and set off for Taiwan, fearing prosecution under Hong Kong’s new national security law. Three days after their departure, the Chinese coast guard announced they had intercepted the boat roughly 45 miles off the coast of Hong Kong. Subsequent briefings revealed the activists are currently being detained on the mainland in Shenzhen. The fate of the “Hong Kong 12” touches on a host of issues, including the national security law, activist’s decisions whether to stay in or flee from...

Minitrue Diary, January 10 2020: GDP Revisions, Girls’ Education Charity Scandal, Trade Deal, Economic Census

CDT has recently acquired and verified a collection of propaganda directives issued by central Party authorities to state media at the beginning of this year. These directives were issued on an almost daily basis in early 2020, and we will be posting them over the coming weeks. The following five directives were released on January 10, 2020. In accordance with unified arrangments, all regions shall centrally publish a fourth quarter national economic survey announcement between January 10-16, and shall centrally release revised regional 2018 GDP numbers: Tianjin, Hebei, Jilin, Heilongjiang,...

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Beijing Tightens Control Over Hong Kong Broadcast Media

Since the passing of the Hong Kong National Security Law in July, Beijing has steadily expanded its control over Hong Kong’s media outlets. In August, Next Digital publisher Jimmy Lai was dramatically arrested on national security charges during a raid of Apple Daily’s offices. Last week, Hong Kong police announced that they would begin to bar from restricted press areas journalists representing outlets not officially recognized by the government. Several other major Hong Kong media organizations have experienced significant changes over the last three months, including attempts...

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Mulan Film Accused of White-washing Chinese History and Human Rights Abuses

Disney’s new live action retelling of Mulan has had a rough start at the box office, due not just to COVID and mediocre reviews, but to a series of political and human rights concerns with its production and storyline. Chief among these concerns is the fact that scenes in the film were shot in Xinjiang, site of a network of internment camps holding up to two million Uyghur and other Turkic Muslim detainees, and the film’s credits thank local Xinjiang authorities. Mulan specifically thank the publicity department of CPC Xinjiang uyghur autonomous region committee in the credits....

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Viral Content: Personal Emperor

Viral Content is a new CDT series introducing terms coined and used by Chinese netizens during the 2019-2020 COVID-19 outbreak. These terms include both subversive critiques and nationalistic support of government policies. Similar terms are being compiled and translated at China Digital Space, CDT’s bilingual wiki, as we expand it beyond the Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon to include short biographies of people pushing for change in China, topical resource pages, and special projects.   Personal Emperor Qīnzì Dì 亲自帝 Derisive nickname for Xi Jinping alluding to his leadership during...

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Minitrue Diary, January 3, 2020: Official Speeches, Hospital Killing, Economic Stability

CDT has recently acquired and verified a collection of propaganda directives issued by central Party authorities to state media at the beginning of this year. These directives were issued on an almost daily basis in early 2020, and we will be posting them over the coming weeks. The following four directives were released on January 3, 2020. From now on, all public reports (not containing internal materials) that involve the speech of responsible high-level comrades must have been reviewed by the person in question, and approved by a higher-ranking comrade. (January 3, 2020) [Chinese] 1....

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HK Activists Held On Mainland After Capture At Sea; Lawyers Denied Access

Early in the evening of August 23, 12 Hong Kong activists boarded a boat in the Hong Kong fishing village Po Toi O and set off for Taiwan, fearing prosecution under Hong Kong’s new national security law. Three days after their departure, the Chinese coast guard announced they had intercepted the boat roughly 45 miles off the coast of Hong Kong. Subsequent briefings revealed the activists are currently being detained on the mainland in Shenzhen. The fate of the “Hong Kong 12” touches on a host of issues, including the national security law, activist’s decisions whether to stay in or flee from...

Information Revolution

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Russia and China Join Forces to Amplify Disinformation and Propaganda

In recent months, China has come under fire from the European Commission, among others, for promoting disinformation about the origins and spread of the coronavirus. The campaign appears to mark a shift in Beijing’s tactics, as the government and its representatives have become more aggressive in pushing disinformation and conspiracy theories globally, a strategy more commonly associated with the Russian government. Indeed, new reports appear to demonstrate that the Chinese and Russian governments at times join forces to amplify and support each other’s disinformation campaigns....

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Minitrue Diary, January 15, 2020: K-drama “Psychopath Diary,” Trade Deal, Downed Airliner, Hong Kong Speech

CDT has recently acquired and verified a collection of propaganda directives issued by central Party authorities to state media at the beginning of this year. These directives were issued on an almost daily basis in early 2020, and we will be posting them over the coming weeks. The following four directives were released on January 15, 2020. Please take care to block this video, which violates regulations: Korean drama "Psychopath Diary." (January 15, 2020) [Source] "Ssaikopaeseu Daieori" is [POSSIBLE SPOILERS] the story of a serial killer who loses the diary in which he...

The Great Divide

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Minitrue Diary, January 10 2020: GDP Revisions, Girls’ Education Charity Scandal, Trade Deal, Economic Census

CDT has recently acquired and verified a collection of propaganda directives issued by central Party authorities to state media at the beginning of this year. These directives were issued on an almost daily basis in early 2020, and we will be posting them over the coming weeks. The following five directives were released on January 10, 2020. In accordance with unified arrangments, all regions shall centrally publish a fourth quarter national economic survey announcement between January 10-16, and shall centrally release revised regional 2018 GDP numbers: Tianjin, Hebei, Jilin, Heilongjiang,...

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Minitrue Diary, January 14, 2020: Higher Education, Dutch Chip-makers, WHO & Coronavirus

CDT has recently acquired and verified a collection of propaganda directives issued by central Party authorities to state media at the beginning of this year. These directives were issued on an almost daily basis in early 2020, and we will be posting them over the coming weeks. The following four directives were released on January 14, 2020. In the next few days, the Ministry of Education will announce its Recommendation on Pilot Reform Program to Recruit Students in Basic Subjects to Select Institutes of Higher Education (the “Strong Base Plan”). If covering this, follow...

Environment

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The Costs of the Belt and Road Initiative

Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative, a trillion dollar-plus global trade and development program that was unveiled in 2013 and enshrined into the Party constitution in 2017, has attracted both international excitement and concern. While Beijing touts the plan as a “win-win” for global trade and cooperative economic growth that will usher in a new era of globalization, the massively ambitious initiative has also raised a host of concerns over its aim to expand Beijing’s global military and political influence, country-specific security issues, and looming debt traps that could arise from...

Hong Kong

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Beijing Tightens Control Over Hong Kong Broadcast Media

Since the passing of the Hong Kong National Security Law in July, Beijing has steadily expanded its control over Hong Kong’s media outlets. In August, Next Digital publisher Jimmy Lai was dramatically arrested on national security charges during a raid of Apple Daily’s offices. Last week, Hong Kong police announced that they would begin to bar from restricted press areas journalists representing outlets not officially recognized by the government. Several other major Hong Kong media organizations have experienced significant changes over the last three months, including attempts...

Taiwan

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HK Activists Held On Mainland After Capture At Sea; Lawyers Denied Access

Early in the evening of August 23, 12 Hong Kong activists boarded a boat in the Hong Kong fishing village Po Toi O and set off for Taiwan, fearing prosecution under Hong Kong’s new national security law. Three days after their departure, the Chinese coast guard announced they had intercepted the boat roughly 45 miles off the coast of Hong Kong. Subsequent briefings revealed the activists are currently being detained on the mainland in Shenzhen. The fate of the “Hong Kong 12” touches on a host of issues, including the national security law, activist’s decisions whether to stay in or flee from...

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