Is The Chinese Propaganda Department Funded By Japan?

From The Letters from China blog:

“Nanjing Massacre”, “Diaoyu Islands” On The Nanny’s List

Non-news: the Party’s Propaganda Department and its ilk keep a long list of sensitive words like “June Fourth” or even “Jiang Zemin” to ensure the internet remains harmless – harmless to the Party, I suppose.

Baidu, the country’s biggest search engine and the Party’s darling, is now banning search phrases like “Nanjing Massacre” (Âçó‰∫¨Â§ß±†ÊùÄ) and “Diaoyu Islands” (ÈíìȱºÂ≤õ), a group of islands claimed by both Beijing and Tokyo. But I suspect what is truly “hurting Chinese people’s feeling”, to borrow Chinese foreign ministry spokespersons’ words, is not the banning of the materials for patriotic education, but the fact that Baidu does not ban the search phrase “Senkaku Islands” (Â∞ñÈòÅÂàóÂ≤õ in Chinese or Â∞ñÈñ£Ë´∏Â≥∂ in Japanese), the name used by the Japanese, at the same time! [Full Text]

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