The Great Firewall of China has blocked The Economist
April 20, 2016 1:48 AM Subscribe
After leading with a cover story criticizing Xi Jinping (otoh) The Economist has been censored in China; Time too and now Medium.
- No Exit in China - "In the 18th century after a passing breeze caused him to lose his place in a book, a Chinese scholar named Xu Jun wrote this short poem: 'The clear breeze is illiterate, so why does it insist on rummaging through the pages of a book?' Though this couplet was seemingly harmless, the Manchu-ruled Qing Dynasty (1645-1911) executed Xu in 1730 for seditious thought. The Qing, invaders from the Manchurian steppe whose dynastic name meant 'clear' or 'pure', were acutely sensitive to the insinuation that they were illiterate barbarians despite adopting the trappings of Chinese civilization." China Plans A Single, Chilling Response To The Panama Papers - "Ruling groups will tell the Chinese people that the Panama Papers are a Western invention aimed at making China weak and dependent on the West... China increasingly backs up its wrath by taking something away, which it can easily do as the world No. 2 economy keenly pursued by states and companies almost everywhere."
- The Panama papers embarrass China's leaders - "The files show that nine of the country's most prominent families—including a relative of President Xi Jinping—own or have owned secret offshore companies, mostly based in the British Virgin Islands. Official media have largely kept quiet about this and censors have removed any mention of the scandal online."
- Is China recovering? - "In Q1, increases in total credit exploded to CNY7.5tn, up 58% yoy and equivalent to 46.5% of nominal GDP – one of the highest ratios ever. Credit growth accelerated to 15.8% yoy to end-March, the quickest pace in 20 months."
- 4-star admiral wants to confront China. White House says not so fast - "The military's top Pacific commander is pushing for a muscular response to stall China's island-building project."
- Why do Chinese fishermen keep getting arrested? - "Overfishing and pollution have blighted China's inshore fisheries. Stocks are severely depleted: in the South China Sea, with a tenth of the global fish catch, inshore (coastal) fisheries have just 5-30% left of the stocks they had in the 1950s. Chinese fishermen are driven farther offshore and into distant waters. China's government encourages this... the habitual presence of big numbers of Chinese boats in disputed waters congeals into facts on the water that become harder to dispute."
- Disney's Animated Film 'Zootopia' is a U.S. Propaganda Tool, Chinese Professor Says - "Having succeeded as 'invisible propaganda' by 'blurring the background and concealing its viewpoint... Hollywood has always been an effective American propaganda tool. If we are at the mercy of Zootopia and other films, how can our cultural territory not become eroded?' reads the commentary... Zootopia has received rave reviews in China and performed well at the box office. It has raked in over 1.46 billion yuan ($230 million) in Chinese cinemas in the roughly one month since its debut, becoming the highest-grossing animated film ever in China."
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