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China Jails Rioters, Criticises Officials

Six rioters in the June mass incident over a teenage girl’s death in Guizhou have been jailed by state officials. Many others are still detained and are waiting for their sentences. In addition, the local government has...

The Weng’an Model: China’s Fix-it Governance

Written by Li Datong (李大同), former editor of Bingdian (Freezing Point), from openDemocracy: constant feature of the extraordinary social flux of contemporary China is the occurrence of serious clashes between the public and the...

Citizen Journalists Challenge Beijing

From The National: Chinese authorities and the country’s bloggers are waging an online battle over push-ups. This is no pre-Olympic fitness craze, but attempts by the government to keep a lid on dissent. Push-ups are what two...

Lessons in Media Management from Weng’an

While officials in the Guizhou town of Weng’an let rioters run rampant in major protests over the death of a local girl earlier this month, they appear to be doing quite a good job keeping journalists under control. ESWN...

Bao Tong: The Truth about China and the Olympic Games

Written by Bao Tong (鲍彤), former Director of the Office of Political Reform of the CCP Central Committee and Secretary to Zhao Ziyang, from AsiaNews: The Beijing Olympics are a great opportunity for China to show off its...

China Detains 100 in Connection with Weng’an Riot

From Reuters: Police in southwest China have detained 100 people, including 39 gang members, for their roles in a riot last month that saw the torching of government buildings and official cars, state media said on Monday. The...

Rumors and Riots

Written by Minxin Pei, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, from the International Herald Tribune: First, local Chinese authorities have repeatedly demonstrated their incompetence in handling...

Netizens’ Anger and Wit Against Online Censorship

Over the past two weeks, information and comments about the Weng’an riot have dominated Chinese chatrooms and blogosphere. The Xinhua news agency quickly put out its official version of the story, and while reporters from...

Guizhou Riot Was Comprehensive Attack on CCP

BBC Newsnight editor Paul Mason writes on his blog: I have just been sent an excerpt of what my colleagues in BBC Monitoring have gleaned today from Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency…. “1600 on 28 June, the...

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