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CCTV Tweet falls through the cracks

CCTV has come out today to say a Tweet sent from its account yesterday was done illegally. The Tweet drew substantial attention because it announced that Zhou Yongkang, former PSB czar and Politburo Standing Committee member, was under investigation. Not long after the Tweet was published, it was inexplicably deleted.  Today, CCTV posted this announcement: [...]

Southern Weekend, China, and the bubble

I don’t consider myself a China expert by any means, but I do feel like I’ve been around long enough to begin seeing some trends.  One is the “story of the day’, which comes around every 20-45 days or so and galvanizes the media, China watchers, and progressive Chinese citizens in the hopes of real [...]

Self-censorship in Hong Kong: how prevalent is it?

The Asian American Journalists Association organized a roundtable at the Foreign Correspondents Club tonight on self-censorship in Hong Kong, an issue which is prescient in light of the recent Chief Executive election, national education protests, scandals involving coverage in the South China Morning Post, the increasing “Mainlandization” of Hong Kong, and upcoming Legco elections. Make [...]

Hu Jintao’s visit highlights Hong Kong’s dystopian future

We’re fortunate in Hong Kong to be largely out-of-reach of the more Communist element of the People’s Republic.  While going to work in Beijing meant passing guards dressed in green military garb, the PLA is almost totally invisible in Hong Kong.  Here, people are free to criticize China, mourn those who died on June 4, [...]

What’s wrong with the SCMP?

The venerable Hong Kong English daily South China Morning Post has found itself at the center of a storm over the past few days after an email exchange between Mainland-born editor Wang Xiangwei and senior sub-editor Alex Price was made public. Asia Sentinel gives us a recap, and notes it all began after Price questioned [...]

 

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CCTV Tweet falls through the cracks

CCTV Tweet falls through the cracks

CCTV has come out today to say a Tweet sent from its account yesterday was done illegally. The Tweet drew substantial attention because it announced that Zhou Yongkang, former PSB czar and Politburo Standing Committee member, was under investigation. Not... read more »

 

Southern Weekend, China, and the bubble

Southern Weekend, China, and the bubble

I don’t consider myself a China expert by any means, but I do feel like I’ve been around long enough to begin seeing some trends.  One is the “story of the day’, which comes around every 20-45 days or so and galvanizes... read more »

 

Self-censorship in Hong Kong: how prevalent is it?

Self-censorship in Hong Kong: how prevalent is it?

The Asian American Journalists Association organized a roundtable at the Foreign Correspondents Club tonight on self-censorship in Hong Kong, an issue which is prescient in light of the recent Chief Executive election, national education protests,... read more »

 

Hu Jintao’s visit highlights Hong Kong’s dystopian future

Hu Jintao’s visit highlights Hong Kong’s dystopian future

We’re fortunate in Hong Kong to be largely out-of-reach of the more Communist element of the People’s Republic.  While going to work in Beijing meant passing guards dressed in green military garb, the PLA is almost totally invisible... read more »

 

What’s wrong with the SCMP?

What’s wrong with the SCMP?

The venerable Hong Kong English daily South China Morning Post has found itself at the center of a storm over the past few days after an email exchange between Mainland-born editor Wang Xiangwei and senior sub-editor Alex Price was made public. Asia... read more »

 

Yang Rui’s “Kinsley gaffe”

Yang Rui’s “Kinsley gaffe”

I’ve been closely following the developments regarding CCTV Dialogue host Yang Rui, not least because I was a former editor at CCTV 9 and frequently bumped into Yang while I was in the building.  I say “bumped into” because... read more »

 

How does one become a “China expert?”

How does one become a “China expert?”

I’ve taken a passing interest in the feud that has developed between Richard Burger from The Peking Duck, a long-running and popular blog about China, and Shaun Rein, who is a successful marketer based in Shanghai.  (You can begin catching... read more »

 

Thoughts after a weekend in Shanghai

Thoughts after a weekend in Shanghai

I would be remiss if I left Shanghai without a quick blog post, for a few reasons. For starters, I’m having a beer at the Big Bamboo pub just prior to catching my flight back to Hong Kong. A block from here, at Malone’s, is where... read more »

 

The root cause of Hong Kong’s discontent, and what can be done

The root cause of Hong Kong’s discontent, and what can be done

It’s been very interesting watching the Hong Kong Chief Executive “election” unfold this year, the first one I’ve witnessed as a Hong Kong resident. Hong Kong has long been a bastion of free market capitalism, with its... read more »

 

What it means to be “Chinese” in Hong Kong

What it means to be “Chinese” in Hong Kong

I’ve taken great interest in a couple of stories recently which are exposing well-formed – but for many, unseen – cracks between the Mainland and Hong Kong. The first one is this: luxury retailer Dolce & Gabbana found... read more »