China vs the Panama Papers: Delete, Distract, Discredit, Defend

The publication this month of investigations based on the so-called Panama Papers has sparked a varied and vigorous response from China’s censors and propagandists. Among the 11.5 million documents leaked from Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm specializing in setting up offshore shell companies, some link relatives of eight current and former Politburo Standing Committee members to legal but politically embarrassing hidden financial dealings. Among them is Deng Jiagui, brother-in-law of President Xi Jinping. The Read More …

Minitrue: “Delete All Content Related to Panama Papers”

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source. All websites: please self-inspect and delete all content related to the “Panama Papers” leak, including news reporting, microblogs, WeChat, forums, community pages, bulletin boards, cloud storage, comments and other interactive media. Delete mobile content at the same time. (April 4) [Chinese] The national-level directive refers Read More …

China's top legislature prepares for NPC annual session

Zhang Dejiang (back), chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC), presides over the 61st chairpersons’ meeting of the 12th NPC Standing Committee in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 15, 2016. (Xinhua/Ding Lin)  The Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) will convene its bimonthly meeting from Feb. 24 to 26, to prepare for the annual congress session next month. Key tasks at the meeting will include discussing an agenda for Read More …

Changchun New Area approved in China

China’s State Council has approved a plan to establish Changchun New Area in the northeastern province of Jilin. The planned 499-square-kilometer new area, covering several districts in the city of Changchun, is expected to promote the Belt and Road Initiative and economic growth in northeast China. Changchun New Area has strong advantages in equipment manufacturing, agricultural products processing, education and research, experts said. Song Donglin, president of Jilin University of Finance and Economics, said Changchun Read More …

China to integrate various mandatory standards

China’s cabinet said Monday it will integrate and streamline the country’s various mandatory standards to avoid overlaps and contradictions. The State Council released a work plan demanding authorities to assess all mandatory standards enforced at national, industrial and local levels by the end of 2016 and decide whether to abolish, change or keep them. The work aims to address problems such as overlapped and conflicting standards and establish a unified national mandatory standard system, the Read More …