Sensitive Words: Chinese Flag on Hu’s Shoe

As of June 21, the following search terms are blocked on Weibo (not including the “search for user” function):

Hu Jintao “Picks Up” the Flag: Lining up for a photo at the G20 summit, the sticker of the Chinese flag marking his place got stuck to his shoe. In addition to the sensitive words below, footage of Hu’s gaffe has been removed from video sharing websites.

  • Chairman Hu (胡主席)
  • pick up the flag (捡国旗)
  • make a show (作秀)
  • Reuters (路透): retest


  • wire story (通稿)
  • 9000 years old (九千岁)
  • toad (蛤蟆): retest
  • hunger strike (罢餐): retest. Students at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics are on hunger strike to protest rising cafeteria prices.

Note: All Chinese-language words are tested using simplified characters. The same terms in traditional characters occasionally return different results.

CDT Chinese runs a project that crowd-sources filtered keywords on Sina Weibo search.  CDT independently tests the keywords before posting them, but some searches later become accessible again. We welcome readers to contribute to this project so that we can include the most up-to-date information. To add words, check out the form at the bottom of CDT Chinese’s latest sensitive words post.


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