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PRC government now owns the three largest book retailers in Hong Kong, and all the interesting books are indeed disappearing from the shelves. Hope Taiwan pays attention before it's too late.
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I'm disappointed that this level of absurdity doesn't get covered more in the West. Who comes up with this stuff?:

"Last week, authorities in Laskuy township, in Hotan (in Chinese, Hetian) prefecture’s Hotan county, issued an announcement in the town seat of Aktash village that 'all restaurants and supermarkets in our village should place five different brands of alcohol and cigarettes in their shops before [May 1, 2015].'

"Xinjiang may have stoked a deadly confrontation last year noted that one of many looped public announcements declared 'quitting drinking and smoking, or refusing to drink with friends' as a telltale mark of a religious extremist"
Amid China’s ongoing crackdown on terrorism in Xinjiang, launched last May in effort to combat increasing violence in the region and elsewhere in China, authorities have rolled out policies limiting Islamic dress and custom; while officials blame homegrown religious extremism and influence from the islamic militants abroad for inciting violence, critics of central policies limiting religious freedom warn that they will only “increase inter-ethnic...
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I think Xi Jinping has officially lost it. Hacking Github was a poor decision and angered developers in China and abroad, but this latest story below makes zero sense. Some questions raised include:

1) Why needlessly bring attention to the fact that China censors the internet? Just gives the western media something else to write about.

2) Why warn Sina in public? Its shares, and those of other Chinese tech companies have crashed as a result. Is the idea to close foreign financial markets to these companies and make them more dependent on Chinese state banks for support?

2.1) It also says that all companies, domestic or foreign, are expected to be totally under the party's control.

2.2) It also emphasizes that individual companies are responsible for their own censorship. The government isn't content doing it itself.

2.3) And yet there is no list of approved or prohibited topics, no specific legal code to refer to. Its completely arbitrary. Makes the push for rule of law look very hollow.

3) Why warn Sina in English? Most of the time when they talk about kooky censorship rules, they only publish the story in Chinese.

4) Why Sina? If you want to scare some companies into compliance, why not pick a foreign one? The previous policy of closing doors for foreign web sites and promoting domestic ones was awful, but at least it was logical.

4.1) The former CEO of Sina is the former president's son in law. Yet another reason they could have picked a more politically neutral company to make an example of.

5) Why now? This comes right on the back of revelations that Baidu was used by the gov to hack Github, and also that the Chinese digital certificate issuing authority (CNNIC) was engaged in some suspicious behavior by issuing unrestricted sub-certificates. The international reputation of Chinese tech is not in a good place at the moment.

6) What's the message to Chinese tech entrepreneurs? It sure kills the mood. Would you want to take a crack at an internet service when the gov has this attitude?

7) Why so extreme? Sure, scold the company for not being more vigilant in censoring stuff. But to allude that the whole company could be shut down as a result is really extreme.

8) Generally speaking, what is the benefit? This hurts domestic Chinese firms, discourages local innovation, brings attention to an issue China doesn't like to talk about, and there's nothing urgent going on that would demand enhanced censorship. If anything, I'm more suspicious than I was yesterday that something is seriously amiss.

As you can tell, I think this story is very significant, more so than a lot of grander sounding pronouncements. It seems to be a needlessly heavy handed way to accomplish something that has been successfully handled discretely for decades. Xi really seems crazy about control. 
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Doesn't Xi Jinping's daughter study at Harvard? Not to mention the kids of all the other elite.

Their alternative is to promote Marxist values, which is odd, because Marxism is certainly a Western idea. I guess it doesn't count?

#xijinping   #education  
Chinese education authorities have pledged to step up control on the use of imported textbooks in Chinese universities to stop the younger generation from being influenced by Western values. ...
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In China, "rule of law" presumably means "arbitrarily arrest people who report on things we don't want people to know about." Yes, free speech is a crime here. #freemiao  
How my assistant got into trouble with Beijing’s security apparatus and I got to know the Chinese authorities
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Chinese buyers were reported to have spent the most at $600,000 each on average. Furthermore, 76 percent of those purchases were made using cash.

In cash!!!
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Uber has finally caught a break in the Philippines. It's no secret that the company's dealing with a bunch of issues, from sexual assault complaints to r
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+Rob Kazmierski So, riots?
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Yipe too plausible!  And deeply scary. As China rises and Russia's population declines, will China cast its eye right next door… on Siberia?  "Siberia – the Asian part of Russia, east of the Ural Mountains – is immense. It takes up three-quarters of Russia's land mass, the equivalent of the entire U.S. and India put together. It's hard to imagine such a vast area changing hands. But like love, a border is real only if both sides believe in it. And on both sides of the Sino-Russian border, that belief is wavering." Indeed, increasingly, Chinese-owned factories in Siberia churn out finished goods, as if the region already were a part of the Middle Kingdom's economy.
http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2015/01/14/the-most-debated-room-for-debates/why-china-will-reclaim-siberia-21
Like love, a border is real only if both sides believe in it. And on both sides of the Sino-Russian border, that belief is wavering.
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If you typed the word "civil rights" in WeChat, it would display a shower of American flags. I don't get what they are apologizing for, it was really funny. "Sorry for associating civil rights with the US" (??) #weixin   #humorlesscommunists   #tencent  
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OMG I love Hong Kong

"Protesters also took over a bus, changing its number to 689, the amount of votes cast for Leung in the 2012 chief executive election and listing its destination as "hell"."
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It's a good thing we have Communists to shut down rural volunteer libraries for no reason. 
Liren board members (its founder, Li Yingqiang, is second from right) staged an online protest after announcing its dissolution. The signs read: “Burned but not destroyed.”Credit Courtesy of Liren Rural Library
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University of Michigan graduate working in southern China as an account manager for a very cool sourcing company.  I like Google products, traveling, and running.

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Nice restaurants, rooms very comfortable and clean. Beds are great. Only complaint is the location, it's about a full mile to the Crystal City metro station, but there is a free shuttle that leaves every 15 minutes. Also, oddly enough, the bathrooms have toothpaste but no toothbrushes. Who does that?
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