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The Fabricator

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胡编 (Hú Biān): the fabricator

This is the nickname for Hu Xijin (胡锡进), Chief Editor of the Global Times, a daily tabloid owned by Party-run People's Daily. In Chinese, the character 编 has a number of meanings, dependent on context: it can mean “to invent/fabricate” (as in 胡编乱造 “to recklessly sow falsehoods) and it can also mean “edit” (as in 编辑). The character combination 胡编 can sound like “Editor Hu” or it can sound like “recklessly sow falsehoods.”