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Nov 27 4 tweets 2 min read
So I thought it was BS that China’s govt broadcaster was censoring shots of fans at the World Cup due to lockdown anger back home. But it’s true.
Here are live feeds from SBS & CCTV (which has a 32 second delay). As ⁦@DreyerChina⁩ explained, CCTV avoids crowd close ups:
Here’s the Canadian goal from the same match. The int’l feed everyone else gets shows fans close up. CCTV switches out those shots with feeds of coaches or wide shots. Watched 2 games - very obvious. It’s imperfect though - one cheering fans shot snuck through in the replay:
So the usual suspects will claim that China’s govt TV CCTV isn’t censoring crowd close ups because a few shots do get through… or they choose to use different shots 🤔… but it is very clear. Although a mate in Beijing told me he hadn’t noticed anything unusual 😂
Great minds think alike, although Mark was on to it way earlier than me (as were the people who posted the initial comparison videos)

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Nov 25
Big celebrity news from China - Singer, rapper (sort of), actor Kris Wu sentenced to 13 yrs in jail for raping fans & ‘group licentiousness’. He will be deported to Canada after serving his sentence (not that most Canadians have heard of him). Wu was THE big ⭐️ just a few yrs ago ImageImage
Hard to overstate how big Kris Wu was just a few years back. He was everywhere, on ads flogging products, on the ‘China has Hip Hop’ show etc. A bit similar to fellow Canadian Bieber maybe? But with less global appeal
Adding to Kris Wu’s woes - he’s being fined 600 million yuan (84 million USD) for tax evasion: Image
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Oct 22
Li Keqiang is off the next Politburo standing committee, despite some speculation he’d remain on despite losing the Premier title (eg. see below). His name is not among the 205 members of the new Central Committee released today:
But probably a bigger surprise - Politburo standing committee member Wang Yang’s name is not among the new central committee too. Both he and Li are 67… an age usually young enough to stay on. For those wondering, Xi Jinping’s name is there…
One of the most high profile Chinese politicians - the man with the famous tucked-arm handshake Wang Yi is staying on - His name is among the 205 central committee members announced today. Will Wang now become China’s top foreign affairs figure with the retirement of Yang Jiechi?
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Oct 20
Ma Zhaoxu, a CCP Foreign Affairs official:

“General Secretary Xi Jinping is a Marxist statesman and strategic thinker with outstanding political wisdom, excellent theoretical foresight and a profound global vision." - "He explores deep into humanity’s future” Image
Ma, a senior Communist Party foreign affairs official, on Taiwan:

"We have won over 9 countries that the Taiwan authorities claim to have so-called diplomatic relations with".
The 'anti-China forces' getting an early shout out from Ma as well as the new buzzword 'dignity':

"We have defeated a series of attacks by anti-China forces to malign China, we have protected China’s dignity."
"We have become an unfailing defender of overseas Chinese interests’
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Oct 16
At the speech outset, after usual language on socialist development, Xi listed major achievements:

Covid - "We put people and lives first & launched an all-out people's war against the virus".

On HK: "Patriots now administer HK"

On diplomacy: :We have upheld China's dignity"
Xi listing a decade of achievements: Manned space flights, supercomputers... "China has joined the ranks of the world's innovators". Most interesting though he says GDP per capital has gone from 39k cny to 81k cny in ten years.
'We have ran a proactive strategy of opening up'... he's talking about Belt and Road mainly.... but given the borders are closed, China's internet even more walled off than ten years ago ... It's a tough argument to make.
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Oct 13
Photos online purport to show a rare protest in Beijing’s Haidian district just ahead of the 20th Party Congress.

Extraordinary given pre-Congress security + surveillance

Among the slogans: ‘Don’t want PCR tests, want to eat’

‘Don’t want a Cultural revolution, want reforms’
Another photo from protest up near Zhongguancun/University area of Beijing. Extraordinary given the politics and security just out from the Congress:
The view from above. Such a small protest elsewhere wouldn't be worth so much attention but in Beijing...
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Jul 20, 2021
1/3 Some really distressing videos coming out of Zhengzhou in central China - this driver looks rather calm under pressure. But other videos on WeChat show what appear to be people clearly struggling to keep their heads above the flood waters. Death toll so far is 1, 2 missing
2/3: A woman rescued in flood waters in Zhengzhou, Henan (video from WeChat).
3/3: More extraordinary scenes from the floods in central China - commuters on the Zhengzhou subway. There are other videos circulating on WeChat that show people in even worse predicaments - appears to be very destructive flooding.
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