“Who whispered in my ear that you’ll love me forever?” In legend, it is Xu Xian, who loves his wife even after the monk Fahai reveals her true form as a white snake. Today, that scheming monk is Sima Nan (right), the pundit who first called foul on on self-proclaimed qigong master Wang Lin (center) since Alibaba CEO Jack Ma (left) visited him several weeks ago. It seems Wang also performed sleights of hand for government officials, such as former Railways Minister Liu Zhijun, who was convicted of bribery and abuse of power on July 9. A Beijing News expose of Wang’s fortune and a pending court appearance in his home province of Jiangxi, seem to have pushed him to seek refuge in Hong Kong.
“How did China get strong? Because of the Communist Party.” Luobowang invited netizens to take a whack at this ad campaign in the state-run Global Times. The paper printed a copy of an ink painting by Feng Zikai, a famous illustrator who suffered dearly during the Cultural Revolution. A “Chinese dream” chop has been stamped to the right of the willow. (Feng Zikai/Global Times)
Badiucao’s take recalls the “Chinese nightmare” of watermelon farmer Deng Zhengjia, who died at the hands of chengguan on July 17. “How did China’s chengguan get strong? Because of the Communist Party.”