Wang Lijun’s face is displayed large on (some of) China’s front pages today with the news that the former vice-mayor and police chief of Chongqing has been charged with four crimes: using the law for personal gain (徇私枉法), defection (叛逃), abuse of power (滥用职权) and bribery (受贿). Read more
Posts tagged ‘Bo Xilai’
The Dongguan Times is a commercial daily affiliated with the Party news group in the southern manufacturing city of Dongguan. Today the front page features a picture of Wang Yang, Provincial Party Secretary of Guangdong Province and CPC Central Committee member. The headline is: “Wang Yang says online criticisms can help us lead with more clarity.” Read more
The Southern Metropolis Daily is a Guangdong-based newspaper with a big print circulation in its home province, and a wide national audience online. The front page headline today is: “At the Party Congress, Wangyang said we must let go of the false idea that the party and government are responsible for providing people’s happiness.” This has been circulated all over the Chinese Internet since last night, when it first appeared.
Wang Yang is the Provincial Party Secretary of Guangdong Province, and a member of the CPC Central Committee. He is the representative of what has been called the “Guangdong Model’. In contrast to Bo Xilai’s state-led, neo-Maoist ‘Chongqing Model,’ Wang’s way is seen as more private enterprise-friendly and politically liberal.
What has got Chinese netizens so excited about this headline is the idea that a government official is finally acknowledging it is not the government’s role to give and take happiness like a feudal ruler. Read more
The inspectors called on the Utopia bookstore in the early hours of Friday morning, April 6. There was one official from the State Council, one from the Municipal Network Management Office and another from the Public Security Bureau. An unusually heavy show of force, perhaps, but the Utopia website (currently down) associated with the bookstore is perhaps China’s most active Maoist commmunity and was accused of crimes of the highest order: violating the constitution, “maliciously” attacking the country’s top leaders and “speculating wildly.” The charges were tantamount to a ten-year prison sentence. The actual punishment was a mere scolding: the offending website would be suspended for a month-long period of “self-inspection.” Read more
The front page of today’s People’s Daily features the headline, “Use practical acts to maintain reform, development and stability.” The article says the majority of party members, cadres and the masses strongly support the CPC Central Committee’s decision to discipline Bo Xilai and launch and investigation against him.
The People’s Daily , the official mouth-piece of the Communist Part of China, today features an article on its front page headlined: “Consciously maintain the good aspects of reform, development and stability.” The article states that the broad masses of Chinese cadres and people strongly support the CPC Central Committee’s decision to investigate Bo Xilai, the charismatic former Party head of Chongqing who was recently ousted, and his possible connection to the suspected murder of Englishman Neil Heywood.
China Youth Daily is a popular newspaper under the auspices of the Communist Youth League of China that claims a circulation of around 800,000. The largest headline on today’s front page is that the State Council has formally released new school bus safety regulations. The regulations stipulate that a school bus cannot drive faster than 80 km/h on a highway, 60 km/h on other roads, and 20 km/hr on narrow roads or in bad driving conditions, and all school bus drivers must have a proper license. Fines for improper driving, badly maintained vehicles or other safety infractions are set at up to 5,000 yuan for drivers and up to 100,000 yuan for organizations that own the bus. Severe but unspecified penalties are also stipulated for county and local government officials and leaders in charge of districts where school bus accidents happen. Read more