As tensions are rising in the US standoff with North Korea, the question of China’s position in the conflict is growing more important by the day. Although state media earlier said China would help North Korea if the US would attempt to overthrow its government, some renowned Chinese experts hold a different view.
China’s tech giants Tencent, Sina Weibo and Baidu are being investigated by China’s Office for Cyberspace Administration for “violating internet laws.” Chinese netizens respond with cynicism: “Just close them down and let’s all read the People’s Daily.”
A netizen from Taizhou, Jiangsu, has been arrested for insulting a member of China’s civil police on Weibo. The 39-year-old man will be detained for 9 days.
During the summer season, big international movies are blocked from Chinese cinemas. The policy, meant to boost China’s domestic film industry, is a dreaded one amongst China’s movie-loving social media users.
Over the past four years, Winnie the Pooh has gone from an innocent bear to a political meme on Chinese social media. As the bear has resurfaced on Weibo, online censors are busy, once again, tracking down and removing the cheeky bear’s image. The online ‘bear hunt’ has now made Little Pooh a symbol of defiance against censorship.
The June 30 concurrence of Germany legislating same-sex marriage and China banning “displays of homosexuality” in online videos, has triggered heated discussions on Chinese social media. Many Chinese express bittersweet feelings, saying that Germany’s ‘step forward’ makes it all the more clear that China is going ‘backward’ when it comes to societal attitudes toward homosexuality.
With the big Beijing One Belt, One Road Summit nearing, Chinese state media have sent out a “Sesame Street”-style propaganda video on Weibo, in which singing children praise the Belt and Road initiative. Many netizens think the video is “awkward.”
In a rapidly urbanizing China, small rural schools are slowly disappearing. As children move out to the cities with their parents, some schools – once lively village institutions – have now become empty buildings. In the mountainous region of Youyang County, one teacher keeps his school open for two remaining students.
The Central Communist Youth League of China (共青团中央) recently announced its official presence on Chinese video-sharing site Bilibili, which is focused on anime, comics, games, and subcultures popular among Chinese youth. What’s on Weibo’s Diandian Guo takes a look at what happens when China’s official discourse mixes with online pop culture.