Sensitive: Attacks in Kunming, Guilin; More

Sensitive: Attacks in Kunming, Guilin; More

As of March 12, the following search terms were blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function). 

"No Difference in Suppression" (Rebel Pepper)

“No Difference in Suppression” (Rebel Pepper)

Kunming train station attack:The March 1 knife attack left 29 people dead and and more than 140 injured. China calls the horrific attack an act of terrorism carried out by Uyghur separatists from Xinjiang, in the country’s far west.

  • Xinjiang+knife (新疆+刀)
  • Xinjiang+terror (新疆+恐怖)
  • Uyghur+cut (维吾尔族+砍)
  • Guilin+Ximenqiao (桂林+西门桥): A rumor has spread online that attackers from Xinjiang in Guilin’s Ximenqiao train station hacked to death the owner of a BMW, and that they were planning a bigger attack. Xinhua reports that a man entered a woman’s BMW on Cansong Road (not the train station), robbing and then stabbing her to death [zh].
  • Xinjianger+Guilin (新疆人+桂林)
  • Guilin train station (桂林火车站)
  • Guilin Ximenqiao+BMW driver (桂林西门桥+宝马车司机)
  • Ximenqiao+BMW driver+Xinjiang suspect (西门桥+宝马车司机+新疆疑犯)
  • pi maozi [fur hats] (皮帽子): Derogatory term for Uyghur men.


Flight MH370: The Malaysia Airlines red-eye from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing went missing over the weekend. The international search has still not turned up any remains, and frustration with Malaysian authorities is mounting about conflicting information.


Shen Peiping Under Investigation for Graft: The vice governor of Yunnan is being investigated for “serious violations of Party discipline and the law.”

  • Shen Peiping under investigation+He Guoqiang (沈培平被调查+贺国强): Shen is rumored to have given favors to He Jintao, son of former Politburo Standing Committee member He Guoqiang.
  • He Jintao (贺锦涛)


Also Blocked:

Via CDT Chinese.

weibo_enBrowse all of CDT’s collected sensitive words on our bilingual Google spreadsheet.

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

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