Sensitive Words: Zhou Yongkang Investigation

Sensitive Words: Zhou Yongkang Investigation

As of July 31, the following search terms were blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function).

Zhou Yongkang Investigation: On Tuesday of this week, Chinese authorities announced a Central Commission for Discipline Inspection investigation into retired domestic security chief and former Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang. The announcement came after months of graft probes had hit over 300 of Zhou’s allies, associates, and family members. After being a sensitive term since speculation about an impending investigation began, prohibitions on Zhou Yongkang’s name (周永康) were lifted as the investigation was officially announced. As Chinese censors take measures to control the narrative on the investigation, the following acronyms and combinations likely reflect particularly sensitive angles of his case.


Jiang Zemin: while Zhou Yongkang’s name (周永康) name became searchable on Weibo after state media announced the investigation, former President and CCP General Secretary Jiang Zemin’s entered the list of forbidden terms.

  • JZM: Abbreviation for Jiang Zemin 
  • JZ民: JZmin
  • zemin
  • 江Z民: Jiang Zmin


The following related terms have been retested:

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.

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