Sensitive Words: Shangpu Standoff, Wu Bangguo

As of March 8, the following search terms are blocked on Sina (not including the “search for user” function).

Standoff in Shangpu: Protests continue in the Guangdong village, where residents say as much as 33.33 hectars (82 acres) of land were leased on a 50-year contract to village chief Li Baoyu. Just as in the siege of Wukan in December 2011, Shangpu is demanding village elections. The Financial Times has more on the developing story.
– Shangpu (上浦) (新闻背景:金融时报 | 广东上浦村:下一个乌坎?)
– Mianhu (棉湖): The town which administers Shangpu.

Creative “Spellings” of Wu Bangguo (吴邦国): Wu, whose term as chairman of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee is now ending, told the convening Congress that they must guarantee every one of its goals “is beneficial to the Party’s hold on power, and beneficial to guaranteeing that the Party leaders and the people effectively govern the nation” (有利于党的执政地位,有利于保证党领导人民有效治理国家). Netizens have been writing Wu’s name using homophonous characters. The following alternative “spellings” are now blocked:
– 吴绑国
– 吴帮国
– 误帮国
– 无帮国
– 无邦国
– 误邦国

– news blackout (新闻封锁)

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

Browse all of CDT’s collected sensitive words in this bilingual Google spreadsheet.

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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