Word of the Week: Godfather

干爹 (gāndiē): godfather Sugar daddy. “Godfather” became an Internet catchphrase after aspiring...

Writing the Official Narrative on Bo Xilai

With Bo Xilai’s formal indictment and his trial set to open as early as next month, the Chinese government is working to set the official narrative of the case. Bo, who was popular among many of his constituents, was also...

Sensitive Words: Mistresses and Monsanto

As of June 23, the following search terms are blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function). Mystery Cadre and His Mistress: An anonymous netizen posted amorous photos of a man named Li Guangnian and his...

Online Account of Affair Leads to Dismissal of Official

The latest casualty of a shifting tide against official power and privilege is Yi Junqing, director of the Central Compilation and Translation Bureau, who recently lost his job over “lifestyle issues.” These issues...

Drawing the News: Cleaning up an Official Mess

Chinese officialdom has been rocked by a half-dozen sex scandals in the past three weeks alone. The wave may signal that Xi Jinping is staying true to his promise to crack down on corruption. Is this correlation, or causation?...

The Mistress-Industrial Complex

Corruption among Chinese officials at all levels is a longstanding, tenacious problem that the top leadership has so far been unable, or unwilling, to uproot. With a number of recent scandals involving the mistresses of corrupt...

In the Lap of Luxury Goods

Kevin Yeoh, a former Beijing-based fund manager with AMP Capital, sees potential profit lying in China’s luxury market. From Phillip Wen at Sydney Morning Herald: Yeoh warns that any sort of direct play requires research,...

Chongqing Sex Scandal May Implicate Wang Lijun

A scandal involving a sex tape made by a local Chongqing official, Lei Zhengfu, and an allegedly 18-year-old woman has been a hot topic on Sina Weibo in recent days. From BBC: Screenshots purporting to be from video of Lei...

Top Press Official Dismissed On Corruption Charge

Raymond Li at The South China Morning Post reports that Jiao Li, one of the top propaganda officials in China, has been dismissed from his administrative position and possibly stripped of his CCP membership amid swirling rumors...

Netizen Voices: Sign Brother Speaks Truth

“Sign Brother” (举牌哥) was seen at the Xinjiekou stop in the Nanjing subway last week. His makeshift sandwich board reads: Front: If you can fight for democracy and human rights, what sorrow is there in death? Back: If you cannot...

China’s New Wealth Spurs a Market for Mistresses

China’s economic growth has fueled an appetite for luxury and lust. Incessant tales of corruption, mismanagement and extra-marital affairs have regularly been reported by newspapers and internet blogs. From the New York...

China Rail Minister Took Huge Kickbacks: Report

More details are emerging about the corruption case of Liu Zhijun, who was recently removed from his post as Minister of Railways. He is suspected of taking more than 800 million yuan (US$122 million) in bribes, AFP reports: Liu...



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