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Interview: Maria Repnikova on Chinese Soft Power

China’s soft power initiatives are often derided by Western observers as ineffective or counterproductive. Over a hundred Confucius Institutes in the U.S. and Europe have been targeted as arms of the Chinese state and forced to...

Why China Raged Over America’s “Summit for Democracy”

A United States-led democracy summit elicited a ferocious Chinese propaganda campaign aimed in part at redefining democracy in the Party’s own terms. The U.S.’ virtual Summit for Democracy, “part pep rally and part policy...

Chinese Democracy in 9 Screenshots

The United States-led “Summit for Democracy”, which kicked off on December 8, is designed to reverse the trend of global democratic “backsliding.” It touched a nerve in China, triggering a wave of state- and Party-directed...

CCTV Says Lhasa People Are “Happiest”: Woeser Responds

High Peaks Pure Earth has translated Woeser’s response to a CCTV poll which claimed that Lhasa was China’s happiest city: I laughed and asked back, living under gunpoint day and night, being followed by snipers even...

Beijing’s ‘Aim is to Make People Docile’

From the Toronto Star: If proximity to power is a sign of strength, then the propaganda department is strong indeed: its offices, at 5 West Chang’an Ave., are located near the senior party leaders’ compound known as...

China Grooms New Breed of Journalists

Sunny Lee reports in the Asia Times: Some 20 years later, the Chinese government, emboldened by its economic prowess and global political importance, is now willing to experiment with the program again. Spearheading this crusade...

“Government Historians’ Ten Minute Speed Program”

Charles Custer of ChinaGeeks has translated a post from Hen Huang, Hen Baoli. In it, a humorous look at how government historians may view Chinese history: This is a translation of this post from Hen Huang, Hen Baoli, which...

National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2009-2010)

From Xinhua News: The Information Office of the State Council, or China’s cabinet, published the National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2009-2010) Monday. Following is the full text: National Human Rights Action Plan...

How to be a Fenqing (愤青)?

From Froogville blog: 愤青 fen qing * – “angry youth” – is the term given to Chinese Netizens of a self-righteous and aggressively nationalist tendency. They are mostly young males with nothing better to do...

A Reader: Protests and Public Relations

From China Beat blog: This morning the Los Angeles Times reported on a riot in Gansu that was touched off over disagreements on city planning issues. The report comes on the heels of an uptick in news in the last week on local...

John Kamm: Blinded By the Firewall

From the Washington Post: The empty Beijing hotel rooms and the lower-than-usual interest in the Games outside China are attributable to more than the strict visa policies and security measures that have discouraged travel to...

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