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The Chinese Government’s Meddling in Tibetan Religion Is Faltering

The Chinese Communist Party’s handpicked “alternative” to the Dalai Lama has not succeeded in persuading the faithful of his legitimacy, a Washington Post article indicates. Gyaltsen Norbu, known as the “Chinese Panchen,” has been on...Show More Summary

How Communism Influences Where Chinese Tourists Travel

Over the last decade, there have been more than four billion domestic trips made to sites significant to the Communist Party of China’s history—also known as “Red Tourism.” But these trips aren’t just limited to China.

'We need to be clear-eyed and vigilant': A look inside China's national spy museum

The Yuhuatai Memorial Park of Revolutionary Martyrs is hallowed ground for the Chinese Communist Party. Here stand a soaring monument and super-life-size reliefs to honor the memory of party members, most then operating as secret agents, executed by the Nationalist government in the 1930s and ’40s....

China's Biggest History "What-If": If Mao Zedong Died in 1949

Robert Farley Politics, Asia How might China’s domestic and foreign policy have fared in the absence of the Great Helmsman? For thirty-seven years, Mao Zedong occupied a singular position atop the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), governing organization of the world’s largest country. Show More Summary

Xi Jinping's Authoritarianism Does Not Reflect China's Nuanced Political Tradition

The People's Republic of China was created by a revolutionary upheaval spearheaded by Chinese Communist Party leader Mao Zedong. The 40th anniversary of his death is Sept. 9 and as it nears, Chinese President Xi Jinping expresses reverence...Show More Summary

Chinese Communist Party Turns ‘Core Socialist Values’ Into Songs For Nation’s Dancing Grannies

3 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“The 12 ‘core socialist values’ are memorized by schoolchildren, featured in college entrance exams, printed on stamps and lanterns, and splashed on walls across China. Now they have made their way into 20 song-and-dance routines that the authorities in Hunan Province plan to promote to the country’s millions of ‘square dancers,’ the mostly middle-aged and […]

Curing Mao fever

For China, 2016 is a year of anniversaries. It’s been 95 years since the founding of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), 50 years since the beginning of the Cultural Revolution, and 40 years since the death of Mao Zedong, Communist China’s founding father. More than ever, the CCP is fighting for control over its historical narrative. Show More Summary

China's Xi reshuffles key party posts ahead of congress

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping has reshuffled three top provincial-level Communist Party posts as he seeks to place his men in key positions ahead of a once-every-five-years congress next year, and more new appointments are likely soon.

Why some Chinese towns are banning birthday parties

last monthNews : BlogPost

It’s just not as much fun being a Chinese Communist Party cadre any more. Largely gone now are the lavish banquets where you could while away the best part of a day in an orgy of food, booze and cigarettes. It’s no longer politically correct to show ordinary people just how important you are by […]

Embattled Magazine Editors Choose to Silence a Liberal Voice

Top editors at a beleaguered Chinese magazine known for challenging Communist Party orthodoxy said they would rather pull the plug on the publication than watch it get co-opted by authorities.Du Daozheng, the 93-year-old publisher of...Show More Summary

Exclusive: Documents from purged Chinese leader Zhao Ziyang to be published in Hong Kong

BEIJING (Reuters) - A collection of documents from Zhao Ziyang, who was China's reformist Communist Party chief until he was toppled in 1989 for opposing the Tiananmen crackdown, has been smuggled out of the country and will be published in Hong Kong this month, according to a publishing house that is turning them into a book. 

Viral Chinese video: "Who cares?"

3 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

The day that the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled that China had been stealing islands in the South China Sea, the Chinese Communist Party Youth League shared this viral video of young Chinese patriots saying "South Sea arbitration, who cares?" (more…)

The Chinese documentaries exposing the Communist Party’s flaws

3 months agoArts : Prospero

“BEHEMOTH” took documentary-film audiences last year on a journey from the mines of inner Mongolia to a ghost city west of Beijing. Forlorn workers extract coal to power empty buildings. Without any dialogue, the film plays up fears that the government's rapid expansion is an economic hoax expediting environmental ruin.

Beijing Says South China Sea Case 'A Trap Schemed' By U.S.

Chinese soldiers stand in formation in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. June 30 marked the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) 95th anniversary. China will never compromise on sovereignty, President Xi Jinping said on July 1 ahead of an international tribunal ruling over Beijing's South China Sea maritime claims, as he celebrated [...]

China celebrates Communist Party's 95th birthday, Xi warns on graft, security

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping warned on Friday that the biggest threat to the ruling Communist Party is corruption, as he used the party's 95th birthday to also warn against any threats to China's security and Taiwan independence.

China Bans Lady Gaga After Pop Star Meets 14th Dalai Lama

Lady Gaga is banned in China after meeting with the 14th Dalai Lama Sunday before the United States Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis, Indiana, reported CNET. The meeting prompted Chinese officials from the communist party’s propaganda department to issue a ban on Lady Gaga in China, blocking the singer’s entire body of work from access... Show More Summary

China's $10B/year PR ministry mired in political fight with anti-corruption/loyalty enforcers

3 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

China's Propaganda Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party (in English, "Publicity Department") spends $10B/year -- only part of its budget -- getting the official Chinese party line into foreign news outlets, with the rest of its activity directed internally, at government communications discipline and media censorship. (more…)

This video shows a bank manager in China brutally spanking employees for not 'exceeding themselves'

A video on the Facebook page of China's People's Daily, the official media organisation of the Chinese Communist Party, apparently shows  e mployees at a "Rural Commercial Bank" being spanked by their manager for not "exceeding themselves." Details...Show More Summary

Disney Exec Surprises Shanghai Resort Opening by Reading Obama Letter

On Thursday morning in Shanghai, Walt Disney Company Chairman Bob Iger and “a phalanx of Chinese Communist Party officials” cut the ribbon on the $5.5 billion Shanghai Disney Resort, the company's first theme park in mainland China. The...Show More Summary

Communist Leaders, Disney Characters Open Shanghai Park

Walt Disney Co. opened its Shanghai theme park Thursday, its first in mainland China, with speeches by Communist Party leaders, a Chinese children's choir, Sleeping Beauty, and other Disney characters. Vice Premier Wang Yang joined Disney CEO Bob Iger in cutting a red ribbon as the park opened, signaling the...

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