Hubei

Reappearance of Dreaded “Health Codes” Stokes Alarm

As the one-year anniversary of the lifting of China’s “zero-COVID” policy approaches, residents in many provinces in China have been dismayed and alarmed by the apparent return of mobile phone app-based health codes. Screenshots...

Translation: Sharp Eyes—A Year in Rural Surveillance

Surveillance in Chinese cities is ubiquitous, with highly visible security cameras trained on most every intersection, public space, and building, but over the past decade, it has been seeping into the countryside as well. In an...

Heat Wave Miraculously Revives Fake Beating Victim

An attempt to capitalize on widespread outrage at chengguan urban management staff was foiled by the continuing heat wave on Saturday, when a supposedly dead “beating victim” had to get up for a drink of water. From...

Backroom Battle Delays One-Child Reform

The merging of China’s Health Ministry and National Population and Family Planning Commission last month added fuel to speculation that the country’s family planning policy is in for an overhaul. But citing “a...

Ministry of Truth: Sweeping Sun Zhigang’s Tomb

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Central Propaganda Department: With regards to the relatives of Sun Zhigang conducting tomb...

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