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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...

Websites Unite With Party To Squash Rumors

Bloomberg reports the latest development in Beijing’s battle against the “cancer” of online rumors, the launch of a new rumor-busting website by companies including Baidu, Sina, Sohu, and Netease: The site...

Southern Weekly Censorship Faceoff Continues (Updated)

The heavy-handed rewriting of the Southern Weekly newspaper’s traditional New Year greeting has triggered a staff strike, a barrage of letters and petitions, and an upwelling of popular support both on- and offline. In the...

Censorship Vault: Beijing Internet Instructions Series (18)

In partnership with the China Copyright and Media blog, CDT is adding the “Beijing Internet Instructions” series to the Censorship Vault. These directives were originally published on Canyu.org (Participate) and date from 2005...

“Mad Men” Reflects Modern Life in China

As more Hollywood firms look to Asian themes or partnerships in filmmaking due to China’s rise, Chinese audiences are becoming a growing factor in the distribution of films. With the deal between Disney and YOU on Demand,...

How China Saw the Olympic Opening Ceremony

Since the opening of the Beijing Olympics four years ago—a declaration of national arrival which awed some and terrified others—the question has lingered of how London would follow it. Comparisons were inevitable, and perhaps...

Fighting the 50 Cent Party's Commercial Counterparts

Political astroturfing by the “50 Cent Party” is a well known phenomenon in China, with legions of commenters paid to push the government line: see, for example, CDT’s translation of likely 50 Cent posts...

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