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Police intimidate another press freedom-supporting celebrity and WeChat gets caught censoring

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 January, 2013, 8:33am
UPDATED : Friday, 11 January, 2013, 8:38am


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China abroad | China at home

With Southern Weekly publishing almost on schedule this week and with its journalists back to work, what remained of the protest outside the newspaper's office in Guangzhou was left to justice-seeking petitioners, many of whom were carted off by domestic security police yesterday.

Don't miss this video from the Wall Street Journal yesterday of a wheelchair-bound protester screaming he's being kidnapped as plainclothes agents haul him into their white van.

In online news, actress Annie Yi is the latest celebrity to face 'tea' harassment by authorities after she expressed support for Southern Weekly on her Sina Weibo microblog, and netizens began noticing Thursday that popular mobile messaging service WeChat is preventing them from sending messages containing the Chinese name of Southern Weekly, although the company now seems to have unblocked that term.


China abroad

Deutsche Welle
-- China's CIC state fund oversees a fortune China is said to be planning to buy a stake in German car and truck maker Daimler. Managing the deal financially would be the China Investment Corporation (CIC). But who calls the shots there?

Jamestown Foundation
-- China’s Latest Piece of the New Silk Road Plans call for the railway to handle 20 million tons of freight by 2020, increasing to 30 million by 2030. The 292-km Chinese portion of the project was built for less than $1 billion—relatively inexpensive by global standards.

National Interest
-- Chuck Hagel and China He is a China dove—and one can assume that he will help President Obama reign in those in the Pentagon who see China as a threatening adversary and are making moves that, however inadvertently, slide the United States toward a new Cold—if not shooting—War with China.

US News & World Report
-- Chuck Hagel, in His Own Words, on U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges China is going to emerge and grow. It should; we should welcome that. They're going to be competitors, they are now, as are India, Brazil and other nations. That's OK.


China at home

-- China executes serial killer in Yunnan province A Chinese man sentenced to death in July for killing 11 people has been executed, state-run news agency Xinhua reports, citing court sources.

China Digital Times
-- China Inaugurates Legalised Semi-Secret Detention Zhu Chengzhi may have become the first to be detained under new amendments to China’s Criminal Procedure Law. Amid fierce criticism, the changes passed through the National People’s Congress by a vote of 2,639 to 160 in March last year, and came into effect on New Year’s Day.

China Internet Information Center
-- Abe mulls SE Asia visit next week Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to make his first overseas trip to three Southeast Asian countries late next week instead of visiting the United States, reports said Wednesday.

Chinese Church Voices
-- China Opens its First Church for the Blind Those invited to attend the church’s dedication ceremony included pastor Wu Mingfeng, chair and president of Shenyang’s Three Self Church and Chinese Christian Council, Pastor Lin of Shenyang’s Church for the Hearing and Speech Impaired and Brother Zhao, a representative of the Shenyang Society for the Blind.

-- Foxconn in China bribery investigation The admission comes after a report in Taiwan's Next Magazine alleged Foxconn managers were accepting bribes from parts suppliers.

-- Battling the censors Frequent, bitter debates broke out between supporters of Southern Weekend and members of a group of diehard supporters of Mao Zedong, some of whom carried his portrait on placards. “Ardently love the Communist Party” said one of the slogans they held up.

Radio Free Asia
--Tibetan Language Classes Closed Authorities in China’s Sichuan province have banned Tibetan language and culture classes taught informally by volunteers to Tibetan students during their winter break, angering local residents who had sought to promote Tibetan national and cultural identity to their children, according to a local source.

-- China's new leader - harbinger of reform or another conservative? Xi himself has fanned expectations of change with rhetoric about "national rejuvenation," vows to crack down on corruption and a down-to-earth public style that stands in contrast to the remote, forbidding demeanor of his predecessors.

Sydney Morning Herald
-- Censorship battle captivates Chinese students Students at an elite Shanghai high school told Fairfax Media they were cautiously following news of a rare journalists' rebellion at the newspaper Southern Weekend via microblog accounts, despite frenetic online censorship and fiery propaganda edicts.

Tech in Asia
-- Rumor: Weibo Celebrities Like Kaifu Lee Questioned by Chinese Police If Chinese state security really is detaining weibo celebrities over their support of Southern Weekend, they are playing a dangerous game.
-- Now China’s WeChat App is Censoring Its Users Globally We’ve tested it out going from users in China to Thailand (blocked), Thailand to China (blocked), and even Thailand to Singapore (blocked); the prohibited words are not sent at all. The name of the magazine can be sent in English.

Wall Street Journal
-- Video: Anti-Censorship Protesters Hauled Away Men in plain clothes hauled away protesters on the fourth day of demonstrations outside the offices of Southern Weekly, the Guangzhou-based newspaper that has been embroiled in a censorship dispute with propaganda authorities over the past week.