Sensitive: Rumors on PLA Singer Song Zuying, More

Sensitive: Rumors on PLA Singer Song Zuying, More

As of July 15, the following search terms are blocked on Weibo (not including the “search for user” function).

Embezzlement Rumor: Song Zuying, a folk singer in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Naval Song and Dance Troupe, is rumored to be under investigation for misappropriating military funds.

  • (宋)祖英+出事: (Song) Zuying + something happened
  • (宋)祖英+调查: (Song) Zuying + investigation
  • 宋祖英+军纪委: Song Zuying + military discipline inspection commission
  • 宋祖英+军费: Song Zuying + military funds
  • 宋祖英+挪用: Song Zuying + embezzle
  • 宋祖英+后台: Song Zuying + backstage
  • 国母: first lady (retested) — Song has also long been rumored to have had an affair with Jiang Zemin during his presidency.
  • 宋祖英+蛤蟆: Song Zuying + toad — Jiang Zemin is mockingly nicknamed “Toad.”
  • 老老虎: old tiger (retested)


Rui Chenggang: The popular CCTV host was detained last Friday on suspicion of graft.


Jia Qinglin and Guo Boxiong: Rumor has spread online that over 500 troops from 38 military branches were deployed to capture Jia Qinglin. [Chinese] reports that Twitter user @CaiChu tweeted the rumor on July 11, but that a Boxun journalist believes the rumor has started by Ling Jihua in revenge for his own downfall. @CaiChu’s account has since been suspended. PLA official Guo Boxiong was also rumored to have been detained around the same time as Jia Qinglin.

  • 38军+贾: 38 military [divisions] + Jia
  • 500余人+贾: over 500 people + Jia
  • 令计划+大秘: Ling Jihua + big secret
  • 郭伯雄: Guo Boxiong

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

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