Read and delete: How Weibo's censors tackle dissent and free speech

  • Fri, 03/04/2016 - 19:43

The Chinese microblogging site Weibo has a huge following, with around 100 million users posting every day.

Chinese soldiers take part in a parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender. Beijing intends to increase its defence budget by up to 8% according to a senior official. Photograph: Ng Han Guan/AP

China to increase defence spending by '7-8%' in 2016 - official

  • Fri, 03/04/2016 - 19:35

The rise to around $150bn a year is still dwarfed by the US budget which stands at $573bn

An advertisement for Weibo in Beijing. The Chinese microblogging site uses a large team of censors to monitor users' posts, a former employee says. (Reuters/China Daily)

The business of censorship: Documents show how Weibo filters sensitive news in China

  • Fri, 03/04/2016 - 19:31

When journalists at the Guangdong-based Southern Weekly found that their 2013 new year editorial had been changed, without their knowledge, to exalt the virtues of the Communist Party, they took their outrage to the Chinese microblogging site Weibo.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, centre, talks with editors in the general newsroom of the People’s Daily in Beijing during a high-profile tour of the country’s top three state-run media outlets. Photograph: Lan Hongguang/AP

'Love the party, protect the party': How Xi Jinping is bringing China's media to heel

  • Mon, 02/29/2016 - 20:20

The Communist party is in a ‘no holds barred’ battle to wrestle absolute control of all media to project a better image of China

Bob Carr with Zhu Weiqun (also standing next to the scroll) and "living buddha" Tudeng Kezhu (in robe) in a photo which appeared in the People's Daily, the Communist Party's flagship newspaper. Photo: supplied

Former foreign minister Bob Carr photograph 'raised eyebrows'

  • Fri, 02/26/2016 - 19:39

It was a photo that raised eyebrows among the small circle of academics who recognised the Chinese guests of former foreign minister and NSW premier Bob Carr.

China surpassed the U.S. last year as the No. 1 buyer of iPhones and could one day be the largest market for Apple Pay. Above, an Apple store in Beijing. (Wu Hong / EPA)

While it defies U.S. government, Apple abides by China's orders — and reaps big rewards

  • Fri, 02/26/2016 - 18:23

Apple Inc. has come out swinging in its pitched battle with the government on its home turf. But when it comes to its second-largest market, China, the Cupertino, Calif., company has been far more accommodating.

Amnesty International Annual Report 2015/16 - China

  • Thu, 02/25/2016 - 21:26

A series of new laws with a national security focus were drafted or enacted that presented grave dangers to human rights.

Chinese soldiers undergo training in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Defense spending in the Asia Pacific region is likely to increase due to China's military growth and territorial tensions. Photographer: ChinaFotoPress

China Tensions Fuel Acceleration in Military Spending in Asia

  • Mon, 02/22/2016 - 18:25

China’s military growth combined with heightened territorial tensions is likely to propel the Asia Pacific region to the top rank of military spending by the end of the decade, according to a report by IHS Jane’s.

Beijing is banning all foreign media from publishing online in China

  • Fri, 02/19/2016 - 17:39

In the latest sign that China’s long-touted “opening up” is reversing into a “closing down,” a Chinese ministry has issued new rules that ban any foreign-invested company from publishing anything online in China, effective next month.

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UN rights chief raises concerns with China over crackdown

  • Thu, 02/18/2016 - 19:37

The U.N. human rights chief on Tuesday called on China to immediately release all lawyers it has in detention, after raising concerns with Chinese authorities over a crackdown against government critics, legal experts and advocacy groups in recent months.