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Heard in the Hutong: The Chinese View on Emigrating

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 17:00
Chinese applicants have overwhelmed immigration departments in the U.S. and Canada. China Real Time hit the streets to find out why so many people are leaving and where people would go if given the chance to leave China.
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What It’s Like to Return to China After Years Overseas

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 14:45
Since 2008, the Chinese government has lured back 4,000 Chinese “experts” living abroad with a program that offers each 1 million yuan ($163,000) and the title of “national distinguished expert.”
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Minitrue: Laser Pointer on Li Keqiang

China Digital Times - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 07:48

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source.

Delete content related to “laser pointer shone on Li Keqiang at Youth Olympics closing ceremony.” (August 31, 2014)

删除“青奥闭幕式上李克强被人用激光笔照射”有关内容。

A South Korean athlete shined his laser pointer on Le Keqiang during the closing ceremony of the Youth Olympics in Nanjing last week. “Keqiang + laser pointer” (克强+激光笔) is currently blocked from Weibo search results.

Since directives are sometimes communicated orally to journalists and editors, who then leak them online, the wording published here may not be exact. The date given may indicate when the directive was leaked, rather than when it was issued. CDT does its utmost to verify dates and wording, but also takes precautions to protect the source.

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Official data mask China’s bank problems

FT China Feed - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 05:23
Banks can employ a variety of methods to disguise their bad loans, leading to speculation that the true magnitude of asset-quality problems is hidden
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The risks of Xi’s ‘rejuvenation’ policy

FT China Feed - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 04:17
Racial attitudes appear to have hardened in recent years as the ruling Communist party sets out a more strident and nationalistic policy towards the world
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Tencent Shuts Messaging Accounts After New Rules

China Digital Times - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:57

Reuters reports that more than 300 mobile accounts on WeChat have been suspended or permanently disabled by its parent company, Tencent Holdings, Ltd. The account suspensions were implemented to comply with new regulations imposed by the Xi administration to curb the spread of political news online:

China’s Tencent Holdings Ltd has suspended more than 300 accounts on its WeChat mobile messaging app and banned around 40 others as government restrictions on spreading political news online take effect, state media said on Friday.

Earlier this month, China imposed new rules on what kind of information can be spread via instant messaging apps as well as restrictions on accounts which can broadcast news to large numbers of followers.

Of the 357 accounts closed down by Tencent as of August 25, 46 were permanently banned while the rest were suspended, the official Xinhua news agency said on its microblog.

[...] Observers say President Xi Jinping is presiding over the worst crackdown on the internet and online censorship in China in recent memory. Xi also heads the Central Internet Security and Informatisation Leading Group, an internet security body whose remit includes building China into a cyber power, according to state media. [Source]

Read more about censorship on WeChat and Internet control under President Xi Jinping, via CDT.

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Detained Canadian Couple Accused of Spying

China Digital Times - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 22:51

Global Times, a Communist Party mouthpiece, has published an infographic listing Canadian citizens Kevin and Julia Garratt as spies in disguise. The Garratts, who ran a coffee shop in Dandong and organized humanitarian aid trips to North Korea, were detained earlier this month by Chinese authorities for suspected theft of military and defense research secrets. Nathan VanderKlippe at the Globe and Mail reports:

The Garratts were spies in disguise as ordinary citizens, the graphic claims. It lists “targeting areas to collect information while disguised as ordinary citizens” as surveillance that is one of the “regular missions of spies.”

[...] The Global Times graphic places the Garratts in the company of Wang Qingjian, a People’s Liberation Army senior colonel who was working for Japan and helped to bug the office of the Chinese ambassador in Tokyo; of Cai Xiaohong, a senior Chinese official in Hong Kong who was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to give secrets to the British; and of Lu Jianhua, a sociologist who established ties with the Chinese president’s office and was sentenced to 20 years in jail for passing secrets to the U.S., Japan and Taiwan.

According to the Global Times, punishment for state secrets violations can include deportation for diplomatic staff, an exchange of spies, up to seven years in jail for “intentionally or negligently” divulging state secrets, or death for “stealing, spying or purchasing military secrets for agencies, organizations or individuals outside China.” [Source]

The Global Times’ publication, titled “Peeking in China: Spying targets and tactics,” can be accessed here.

The Garratts’ children have strongly denied the accusations against their parents. Other observers have linked their detention to a broader crackdown on Christian groups on the North Korea border, as the couple were known to be active Christians. Read more about their case via CDT.

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Photo: School Children, Shanghai, 1980, by Terry Feuerborn

China Digital Times - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:27

School Children, Shanghai, 1980

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Sensitive Words: Lasers on Li, Anti-Corruption, More

China Digital Times - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:22

As of August 15, the following search terms were blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function).

Lasers on Li Keqiang 

 

Anti-Corruption Campaign

 

Also Blocked

All Chinese-language words are tested using simplified characters. The same terms in traditional characters occasionally return different results.
 
CDT Chinese runs a project that crowd-sources filtered keywords on Sina Weibo search. CDT independently tests the keywords before posting them, but some searches later become accessible again. We welcome readers to contribute to this project so that we can include the most up-to-date information.

Have a sensitive word tip? Submit it to CDT through this form:

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Halting Wrongful Convictions a “Tough Task”

China Digital Times - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:05

South China Morning Post’s Mandy Zuo reports on comments by China’s top prosecutor Cao Jianming about avoiding wrongful convictions, which can arise from problems such as political interference and forced confessions.

Taking strict precautions against such mistakes “is the fundamental requirement for the political and judicial bodies [such as procuratorate and courts]”, said Cao, Procurator-General of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, according to a report in the influential news magazine Caixin.

[…] Cao said wrongful convictions in recent years could be blamed on the biased mindset of some judiciary officials.

Problems included people’s presumption of guilty, excessive emphasis on testimonies, and more importance being placed on evidence to find someone guilty rather than to find someone innocent, Cao said.

“Illegal evidence should be excluded by law and for uncertain cases [and] we should stick with presumption of innocence,” he was quoted as saying. [Source]

Cao noted the case of Zhang Gaoping and Zhang Hui, who were acquitted last year after being convicted of rape and murder in 2004 based on forced confessions. More recently, Nian Bin was sentenced to death for murder in repeated retrials until his acquittal last week. This week Nian’s family called for an official investigation. From SCMP’s Echo Hui:

Nian Bin, a 38-year-old hawker, was arrested for the murder of two children with rat poison in 2006 in Fujian province. He supposedly pleaded guilty, but after he was convicted in 2008 by the Fuzhou Intermediate Court, he appealed, claiming police had tortured him into confessing.

[…] From a legal perspective, executing an innocent is not uncommon on the mainland. Last year, Supreme People’s Court executive vice-president Shen Deyong urged an end to wrongful convictions after high-profile cases were overturned in high courts in Henan, Zhejiang and Fujian.

Zhang Yansheng, Nian Bin’s leading defence lawyer, said it’s time authorities began to correct the flaws in China’s justice system. He said defence lawyers must be given equal status with prosecutors, and the court system must become independent. [Source]

China has already announced some reforms to boost judicial independence, but observers are skeptical about these and other rule of law initiatives.

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Minitrue: Mum on Beijing Indie Film Fest Shut Down

China Digital Times - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:01

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source.

Find and delete the article “11th Beijing Independent Film Festival Shut Down” and related content. (August 29)

查删”第十一届北京独立影像展被封杀”以及相关内容。

Police shut down the film festival on its opening day. AP video journalist Hélène Franchineau reported that police “broke my video camera, threw water at reporters, threatened us for filming, grabbed cell phones and yelled at everyone.” Li Xianting, the organizer of the festival, and festival artistic director Wang Hongwei were briefly detained by the police. Film director Huang Wenhai called the shutdown of this year’s film festival “the darkest day in the history of Chinese independent film.

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Rongsheng breaches borrowing covenants

FT China Feed - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:45
Financial difficulties highlight the debt pressures building in world’s second-largest economy, especially in sectors suffering severe overcapacity
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BYD Chairman Sounds a Note of Optimism for Chinese Car Makers

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 03:28
Wang Chuanfu, chairman of Chinese car maker BYD, made a bold prediction: Chinese car brands will overcome difficulties and their market share will rebound by the end of next year.
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Beijing’s Traffic is Going to Get Truly Awful Next Week, City Warns

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 02:23
Beijing’s snarled traffic—already among the world’s most notorious—is about to get more tangled.
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Hong Kong media baron denies CIA links

FT China Feed - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 00:50
Colourful self-made billionaire Jimmy Lai, the subject of an anti-graft raid this week, says the ‘scandal’ reaffirms his moral character
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Badiucao (巴丢草):Red Dentist

China Digital Times - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 23:39

For his latest cartoon contribution, Badiucao comments on the health condition of human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who was recently released after three years in jail. Upon his release, Gao’s family and supporters expressed concern that he had been mistreated in detention; his wife told reporters that the poor condition of his teeth indicated that he had been tortured. In the drawing, Gao is seen undergoing a dental check, with the “red” dentist wielding a hammer and sickle in place of dental instruments.

Red Dentist, by Badiucao for CDT:

Read more about Gao Zhisheng via CDT. Read also a CDT Q&A with Badiucao in which he discusses his artistic and personal influences. All Badiucao cartoons for CDT are available here. See also exclusive CDT t-shirts with a Badiucao design, for sale on our Zazzle store.

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Picture China: Landslide Rescue, Panda Triplets, Youth Olympics Ends

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 21:46
The day's China news in pictures: Rescuers work at a landslide site, experts conduct a health test for one-month-old panda triplets, the Youth Olympics closes in Nanjing and more.
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China’s Internet Wants to Be in Pictures

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 20:34
These days, it seems, you’re nobody in the Chinese Internet unless you have a film studio.
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For Hollywood, Not All Box-Office Dollars Are Equal

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 20:17
The recent film will likely generate tens of millions of dollars less in revenue for Viacom Inc. 's Paramount Pictures than the previous installment in the hit series. The reason: "Age of Extinction" took in far less than its predecessor in the U.S. and Canada—and far more in China.
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Wuxi: The Birthplace of China’s Modern Industry

China Briefing - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:39

In this article, we take a look at how Wuxi is transforming itself from a textile manufacturing center into one of China's high-tech industrial hubs.

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