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This propaganda is weak tea

This propaganda is weak tea

Hu Jintao sits down for chat in Guo Chunping's (right) 77 kuai apartment. Regular readers of this blog will know I toiled in the bowels of China’s state-run media machine for a few years, so know all about the silly, paranoid behaviour... read more »

 

Chinese patriot Szeto Wah passes away

Chinese patriot Szeto Wah passes away

Szeto Wah at his last June 4 vigil in Hong Kong in 2010. I’d seen the name Szeto Wah in SCMP news reports during my time in the mainland, but never paid too much attention to domestic Hong Kong politics at the time.  It wasn’t until... read more »

 

Hello there… it’s been a while

I feel like I should re-introduce myself, it’s been so long. This is Zhongnanhai, a blog that was started in 2007 in Shanghai, just after I was among several people laid off from Jongo, a fledgling internet startup (which is still running,... read more »

 

Amazon’s Kindle puts cracks into Great Firewall

Amazon’s Kindle puts cracks into Great Firewall

I absolutely love my Kindle.  I got it a few weeks ago and have been completely addicted to it ever since.  I have the IHT delivered to it each morning and The Atlantic coming once a month, plus I’ve already loaded it up with about 10... read more »

 

Covering the Earthquake zone – a diary

Covering the Earthquake zone – a diary

Last week as the earthquake struck Sichuan county we all watched and listened as the news was constantly updated. A friend of mine arrived in the area two days after the quake struck and kept a diary of their day-to-day actions – what... read more »

 

More Ways to Help Earthquake Victims

More Ways to Help Earthquake Victims

More charity groups are stepping in to offer contributions to the victims of the earthquake in Sichuan. One such is a Beijing-based group that’s connected to the China Youth Care foundation. I received a letter this morning from one of... read more »

 

Why is the flag not at half-mast?

Why is the flag not at half-mast?

BEIJING – As I’m sat at home writing this post in my comfortable dry apartment, in near silence – I, like many of you, feel desperately helpless. I’ve donated, I’ve told people how to donate on the radio and I’ve... read more »

 

Chinese Companies, Bloggers Release Earthquake-Related Services

Chinese Companies, Bloggers Release Earthquake-Related Services

More on the efforts being made to help the earthquake victims in Sichuan. First on the tech front, Baidu, Tencent, and China Mobile have released a series of earthquake-related services. Pacific Epoch offers the hard facts: Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU)... read more »

 

CNN Linked Site Hacked – UPDATE

CNN Linked Site Hacked – UPDATE

In between the site being up and down in a kind of ongoing ping-pong game – I managed to grab a screen grab. And here it is. It may seem an obscure point to ‘attack’ – but one thing is for sure, it’s certainly... read more »

 

Resources, not Tibet or torches, likely to dominate the ‘Mandarin Auzzie’s’ Beijing agenda

Resources, not Tibet or torches, likely to dominate the ‘Mandarin Auzzie’s’ Beijing agenda

Tomorrow marks a very interesting time politically for one of China’s most important regional partners. Australian President Kevin Rudd will arrive here tomorrow to meet with his Chinese counterparts, the last leg of his first major international... read more »