Partial translation of filtered word list

Linguist Eswn has compiled the list of filtered Internet keywords into quick groupings and provided partial translation to help non-Chinese speakers understand the pattern of banned topics (introduced with a quote from Foucault). The full post is here.

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Outrage prompted editor’s release

A South China Morning Post article (via Asia Media) argues that public pressure and online activism, especially from prominent lawyers and intellectuals, led to the release of Southern Metropolis News editor Cheng Yizhong. The story quotes a Sun Yat-sen University professor: “Professor Yuan said intellectuals had taught mainland leaders a lesson about contemporary society, which […]

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Participates in Security Technology Trade Mission to China

From Primezone.com: “The National Research Council of Canada – Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), with the support of the National Research Council of Canada – Canadian Police Research Centre (NRC-CPRC), the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, the Chinese Ministry of Public Security, and the Beijing Municipal Government, are jointly organizing a security technology mission to China […]

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Straits Times on Cheng Yizhong’s release

According to a report in the Straits Times, a defense lawyer for Southern Metropolis News journalists, is now hopeful that the paper’s two journalists who remain in prison will soon be released following the weekend’s release of editor Cheng Yizhong: “‘We’ve seen a change of attitude by the local prosecutor. Local law executors can still […]

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Xinhua doctored a news photo of Chinese leaders

The Asia Times (Chinese) have found out that a photo published by Xinhua two weeks ago showing a one-on-one handshake between a frail Deng Xiaoping (with daughter Deng Rong’s help) and Hu Jintao has been doctored. The original photo was published days later by Liaowangdongfang (also a Xinhua subsidiary) showing the same Hu-Deng handshake but […]

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Talking human rights with North Korea

In a new report, Refugees International says that the Chinese government has launched a crackdown on North Korean refugees, deporting increasing numbers back to their home country. According to a report in the Korea Times: “Chinese authorities even offer a reward of around $16 to those who turn in North Korean defectors… Among local ethnic […]

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Fault lines may hamper China growth

While China takes the Olympic limelight and China’s rising influence in Asia was on the front page of New York Times, FinanceAsia had an article asking “Why RAND’s economic growth forecasts for China are below consensus?” “The consensus among many organizations, from supranationals to investment banks to think tanks, is that China’s GDP growth rates […]

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Jiao Guobiao: How To Open Up News Control In China

Thanks to Eswn for translating Professor Jiao Guobiao’s latest essay: How to open up new control in China. In the article, Jiao, a professor in Peking University concluded that “If the news control should be opened up and the news media are allowed to function as public opinion watchdogs, a single newspaper will be more […]

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Libel trial ongoing for peasants’ book’s authors

The libel trial against the authors of the best-selling An Investigation into China’s Peasantry (中国农民调查) is ongoing in Anhui Province, SCMP reports: “Defence lawyer Pu Zhiqiang accused officials of using the court to suppress criticism of them. ‘In the four days of the trial, we saw the entire leadership of Linquan county under Mr Zhang,’ […]

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Inflation grows in China’s rice paddies

“All of this would seem to suggest an infinite supply of labour that allows China to produce an ever-increasing range of manufactured goods at ever-diminishing prices. But the picture appears to have dramatically changed this year – while the fearful reaction from rival manufacturers in the rest of the world is peaking. While prices for […]

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Sex revolution sweeps across China

LA Times run an article Sex revolution sweeps across China today. (Via: Daily Herald) It quoted Wang Jipeng, a blogger who made his name on the BlogChina website last year by taking on Chinese commercial portals for their porn contents.

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China’s “soft power”?

New York Times today had a front page article entitled “Across Asia: Beijing’s Star is in Ascendance” It certainly raised many important questions about China’s increasing influence over the Asia-Pacific region. The New York Times article also generated interesting online exchanges about China’s “soft power” among some China observers. Daniel Lynch from the School of […]

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China legalizes electronic signatures to promote e-commerce Associated Press

“China’s parliament on Saturday passed a law legalizing electronic signatures in an effort to boost its small but growing online commerce industry.” I got this news on Hindustan Times, using AP’s article which mainly quoted Xinhua’s original report. Also in the article: “China already has some 4,000 Web sites that carry on e-commerce, … their […]

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