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CDT 2013 China News Map

China Digital Times has put together a News Map for major China-related news events in 2013. This is a work in progress and will be updated regularly. Catch up here on the major stories from the first half of the year: View CDT...

New Administration Installed. Now What?

With the new administration now firmly installed in Zhongnanhai, expectations are high that President Xi Jinping will follow up on his rhetoric to implement substantive reforms to combat corruption, a pervasive wealth gap, and...

River Crab Archive: Peas in a Pod?

When something disappears from the Internet in China, netizens joke that it has been “river-crabbed,” a play on “harmonized.” The River Crab Archive is a collection of blog post titles, weibo, and other materials deleted from...

Who Benefits From Railway Ministry Spin-off?

The State Council announced plans earlier this month to break up the Ministry of Railways as part of a broader restructuring of China’s massive bureaucracy, with a new commercial entity called China Railway Co. assuming...

Hexie Farm (蟹农场): The Red Smoke

For the latest installment in his CDT series, cartoonist Crazy Crab of Hexie Farm looks at the recently-concluded National People’s Congress meetings, which formally installed the new leadership of Xi Jinping and Li...

Li Keqiang Meets the Press as NPC Closes

The closing session of the National People’s Congress session finalized the transition to the new leadership of President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. In public comments on Sunday, Xi stressed plans to diminish...

Scenes from the Two Sessions (3)

Delegates joke and scowl at the “Two Sessions,” the annual meetings of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). Click any image to launch the gallery view. Browse...

Sensitive Words: Election Results (Update)

Update: See “dissenting vote.” As of March 15, the following search terms are blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function). National People’s Congress: dissenting vote (反对票):...

Sky News Correspondent Detained on Live TV

In a “surreal” episode, Sky News reporter Mark Stone and his cameraman were detained by police while reporting from Tiananmen Square today. Stone was able to continue filming and broadcasting live while being...

Li Keqiang Named Premier

The National People’s Congress confirmed Li Keqiang as its new prime minister on Friday, completing China’s leadership transition a day after naming Xi Jinping state president, as China’s once-a-decade...

Ministry of Truth: Once Again, Stress Secrecy

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Central Propaganda Department: Regarding the incident of dead pigs floating in the Huangpu River, the...

Xi Jinping Named China’s President

Xi Jinping completed his ascension to the highest echelons of power in China on Thursday as the National People’s Congress named him state president. Xi was also nominated to the head of the Central Military Commission,...

Scenes from the Two Sessions (2)

Shaolin monks, antlered delegates, and security guards are all present at the “Two Sessions,” the annual meetings of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative...

Xi Snubs Jiang With VP Pick

Incoming Chinese president Xi Jinping has chosen reformer Li Yuanchao as his vice president, according to sources, despite former president Jiang Zemin’s preference for propaganda chief Liu Yunshan to win the post. From...

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