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“China’s President Xi Jinping has called for allegiance…

“China’s President Xi Jinping has called for allegiance to the ruling Communist Party from the country’s colleges and universities, the latest effort by Beijing to tighten its hold on education.The government has campaigned against the spread of ‘Western values’ at universities, and in January officials said the party’s discipline and anti-graft agency had sent inspectors to monitor teachers for ‘improper’ remarks in class.”

For more, see Michael Martina, “China’s Xi Calls for Universities’ Allegiance to the Communist Party,” Reuters (9 Dec 2016).

Further coverage can also be found at China Digital Times, “Xi Calls on China’s Universities to Be Communist Strongholds” (11 Dec 2016)

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“An editor at a prominent Chinese newspaper said he was stepping…

“An editor at a prominent Chinese newspaper said he was stepping down from his job because he could no longer withstand the pressures of strict control of the country’s media, according to a resignation note posted online.”

For more, see Austin Ramzy, “Editor Says He is Resigning Over Media Controls in China,” The New York Times (29 March 2016)

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“Hong Kong opposition lawmakers protested on Sunday outside…

“Hong Kong opposition lawmakers protested on Sunday outside Beijing’s representative office in the Chinese-ruled city over the disappearance of a bookseller who specializes in publications critical of the Communist Party government. Lee Bo, 65, a major shareholder of Causeway Bay Books, ‘vanished’ on Wednesday after he went to fetch books from his warehouse in the city, Lee’s wife told Hong Kong media.” – Reuters (3 Jan 2016)

For further coverage, see China Digital Times: “Hong Kong Publisher Missing Possibly Detained in China

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“Five days after a devastating explosion ripped through the…

“Five days after a devastating explosion ripped through the Binhai New Area port outside the northern Chinese city of Tianjin, press control authorities are still trying to pick up the pieces. Directing and restricting coverage of a disaster of this magnitude is certainly no easy task, least of all in the age of the mobile internet. Propaganda officials in China will certainly try, however. And to varying degrees, they will succeed.

But there is good news: This time around, we can observe that more Chinese media are attempting to push back against controls — a significant contrast to the case of the Yangtze River cruise ship tragedy back in June.”

For more, see David Bandurski, “The Politics of Senseless Tragedy” (17 Aug 2015)

“Last month, Chinese authorities cracked down on models dressed…

“Last month, Chinese authorities cracked down on models dressed up as characters from comic books and video games who exposed cleavage. Now, improper online comics and animated works – many of which are Japanese in origin – have been blacklisted and websites shut down.China’s state-run Xinhua news agency said Tuesday that 38 comics and animated works with “severely improper content” had been blacklisted, including the 2014 Japanese animated TV series Terror in Resonance and manga series Death Note.“

For more, see Johan Nylander, “China Cracks Down on ‘Violent’ Japanese Comics,” Forbes (9 June 2015)

Image: Terror in Resonance (via Forbes)

“‘China has no feminists’ is an online post that ignited much…

“‘China has no feminists’ is an online post that ignited much debate on China’s social media. Since the arrest of the so-called Feminist Five, feminism and the role of women in today’s society are recurring topics on China’s social media platforms. Is there no Chinese Feminism?”

For an exploration of the question, see Manya Koetse, Is There No Chinese Feminism?” at What’s On Weibo? (19 May 2015)

“Last week, China’s National People’s Congress released the…

“Last week, China’s National People’s Congress released the second draft of a new law on “Managing Foreign NGOs.” Many foreign non-profits in China have operated in a legal gray area over the years. The law [full English translation here] establishes procedures for foreign organizations to register formally and conduct activities in China. The law puts NGOs under the supervision of Public Security Departments under China’s State Council, giving these organs broad powers to control NGOs’ personnel decisions, programs, and grant-making, even giving them apparently unrestricted access to the organizations’ computers and bank accounts. Additionally, the law would impose a variety of restrictions on Chinese non-profits that receive money from overseas.“

What are the implications? ChinaFile offers commentary from seven experts – see “The Future of NGOs in China–A ChinaFile Conversation“ (14 May 2015)

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“When Li Nanyang flew here from Hong Kong two years ago, she…

“When Li Nanyang flew here from Hong Kong two years ago, she brought something eagerly anticipated by many Chinese historians and thinkers: several dozen copies of her father’s memoir. In it, Li Rui, a 98-year-old retired Communist Party official, offered an unvarnished, insider’s account of his experiences in the leadership.But as Ms. Li passed through customs at the airport, the authorities seized the books, an experience shared increasingly by Chinese travelers arriving home.Though China’s censorship of the Internet is widely known, its aggressive efforts to intercept publications being carried into the country have received less notice. Ms. Li hopes to change that with a lawsuit she has filed in Beijing challenging the legality of the airport seizures. She doubts she will get her books back, but she is seeking something perhaps more potent: an official explanation for an act of censorship.“

For more on the story, see Ian Johnson, “Lawsuit Over Banned Memoir Asks China to Explain Censorship,” New York Times (25 April 2015)

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“My Chinese censor is Zhang Jiren, an editor at the…

“My Chinese censor is Zhang Jiren, an editor at the Shanghai Translation Publishing House, and last September he accompanied me on a publicity tour. It was the first time I’d gone on a book tour with my censor. When I rode the high-speed train from Shanghai to Beijing, Zhang sat beside me; at the hotel in Beijing, he stayed on the same floor. He sat in on my interviews with the Chinese media. He had even prepared the tour schedule on a spreadsheet, which was color-coded to represent five types of commitments, with days that lasted as long as thirteen hours. Other authors had warned me about such schedules, so before the tour I sent Zhang a request for more free time. His response was prompt: ‘In my experience, the tours in China are always tough and exhausting. Hope you understand it.’

For a view of the complexities of censorship in China, see Peter Hessler, ”Travels with My Censor,“ The New Yorker (9 March 2015)

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