Politically Incorrect Twitter Browsing Cost Suzhou TV Station Editor His Job

The Suzhou City Main Television Broadcasting Station in its administrative notice of April 4, 2019, announced that Zhu Chengzhuo had been removed from his post as Deputy Director of the All Media Editorial Center of the station. The administrative notice is translated below.

The PRC cyber noose continues to tighten as the Chinese Communist Party apparently is getting more worried about harmful information flooding into China from illegal websites outside the borders of the Mainland China. The administrative notice uses the expression “outside the border” 境外 which refers to the PRC excluding Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan so I translated it as Mainland China.

Ten years ago, sharing harmful foreign information with other people in China could get Chinese into trouble but in general, browsing using the many kinds of virtual private network (VPN) software to penetrate the Great Red Firewall (despite the best efforts of the authorities to filter harmful information) did not get people into trouble. In times of exceptional tension, such as during the 2011 Pro-Democracy Protests (inspired by Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution,, some people were jailed for retweeting information about planned protests. In the years since, the cyber-noose has continued to tighten. According to a PRC court interpretation, people using domestic social media can get into trouble for “spreading rumors” if they share information that the authorities judge to be socially harmful and that posting is repeated by 500 people. Several Twitter accounts such as @airmovingdevice have been required to close recently by Chinese authorities.

The Weibo account (a Twitter-like social media for people inside Bamboo Curtain) of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Professor Yu Jianrong, a sometime advisor to the Chinese leadership on social issues, was recently suspended for ninety days. Yu doesn’t know why. Some suggest that the approach to the sensitive date of June 4th may be the reason. Yu’s last posting before suspension was about the iconoclastic theory of Hunan University Professor Du Jiangang that the English and the French (and indeed the English language) all originated in China’s Hunan Province. Professor Du was allowed to publish a book about his theory, so most likely Yu did not get in trouble for revealing that everything comes from China.

Zhu Chengzhuo’s Twitter account has apparently been closed. I didn’t see any direct trace of it. In a search on Twitter, I found some retweets of Zhu’s comments. He did say some things the Party doesn’t like. I wonder if his long term Twitter record going back ten years or so could have been the problem even if (I don’t really know) he has been more careful lately. Judging by some of the retweets, he has been interested in the maltreatment of Chinese political dissident and sympathetic to the people of Xinjiang.

Some examples (from retweets of Zhu’s tweets RT @zhuchengzhuo

2014: RT @zhuchengzhuo: 在内地的新闻业界,新疆绝对是个禁忌话题,每个人都是知道新疆要这样持续下去,肯定是越搞越乱,但是只要一提及新疆,普遍都有一种远在天边,事不关己的态,甚至个别人还热衷于王震当年的治疆手法。难道新疆真的就好不了了吗?”Xinjiang is a taboo topic for the news media in Mainland China. Everybody knows that if Xinjiang keeps going along the way that is has been, it will definitely get more and more chaotic. But if the topic of Xinjiang comes up, people act as it is as faraway as the high heavens and has nothing to do with us. Some people even enthusiastic about Wang Zhen’s old style way of governing Xinjiang. Could it really be true that things can never get better in Xinjiang?”

[Note: As for the Wang Zhen reference, take a look at this passage from the Wikipedia article on Wang Zhen
“Wang was head of the military government in Xinjiang from 1950 to 1952 and earned a reputation for brutality towards the native Uyghurs, writing to Mao Zedong that they were “a troublemaking minority” and suggested they be “thoroughly wiped out” to avoid any future problems. Mao apparently thought this too extreme, and Wang was redeployed, but Wang remains a folk-hero among Han Chinese settlers in Xinjiang to the present day, while Uyghur mothers in Xinjiang still warn their children to be good “or else Wang Zhen will come and get you.” ]

2013 — RT @zhuchengzhuo: 八九风波过后,知识分子中流传着两句话:“精神上不合作,话语上不抵抗”。 “Ever since the disturbances of 1989, Chinese intellectuals have been saying two things to one another: “Spiritually do not co-operate, in your words do not resist”

2013 — RT @zhuchengzhuo@degewa 他们会一直监视下去吗? (to the Tibetan writer Woeser “Do they monitor you all the time?”

I wonder if the attitude towards the Chinese Communist Party revealed in these postings may have been enough for the Public Security organs to act. Considering that the Party is getting ever more concerned about ideological conformity, the position of editor in a broadcasting station is an ideologically strategic one.

Nobody can say for sure. The Voice of America Chinese language website on April 10 carried a story about Zhu Chengzhuo‘s punishment for ideological non-conformity.

Chinese Text of the Suzhou City Main Television Station Notice on the Administrative Punishment of Zhu Chengzhuo for Ideological Offenses

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Wikileaks Harmed Chinese Citizen Activists: Translation of Namelist Circulated on Internet

This 2012 posting on the website Red China [RedChinaCn.net] is a copy of a posting that circulated on Chinese websites to criticizing people who had talked with US diplomats as at best fellow travelers and at worst traitors to China. An example of how US Mission China contacts were vilified as a result of Wikileaks.

Come to think of it, I spoke to Chinese Embassy people both before and after becoming a U.S. State Department Foreign Service Officer. Same logic, I must be a Chinese running dog too!!

The leaked U.S. diplomatic cables led to incessant interrogations and sanctions against some of the people named in the cables.

Tibetan writer and activist Woeser in a public posting on her Facebook page wrote about the harm that Wikileaks did to Tibetan activists.

“Do people still remember Julian Assange’s Wikileaks? Of course they do. What I remember most of all is how when Assange made his revelations, I and many other Tibetans were said to be a Fellow Travelers Party of the United States. Lists of names often appeared on Chinese websites, and the “pandas” called us in to drink tea, drink tea, drink tea over and over [incessant police interrogations]. I know at least some Tibetans were forbidden to leave China to take part in visitor programs. The world is very complicated. Is there a limit to freedom of speech? Certainly, Wikileaks changed everything. It also harmed many innocents.

The article also gives us the rationale from a Chinese perspective of why these people who talk with foreign governments are a threat to China.

As you can see by the comment at the end of the article “A list of some “informers” protected by the US Embassy in WikiLeaks”, this article like some others, is confused about what (protect) means after a name. In US diplomatic usage it simply cautions readers not to reveal the name of the source and does not imply any kind of ‘protection’ by the US government. I used Google Translate on the list of names after the article. The X’s interjected in the names for missing characters are in the original.

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There are others. Independent Review (独立评论)in May 2013 also circulated a list of full names from Wikileaks- leaked diplomatic cables this without the Xs for missing characters. The anonymous poster wrote among other things:

“WikiLeaks published a list of American “informers” in China! The list is shocking! Those traitors!! They are the spokespersons of the Western forces who are trying to tear apart the Chinese Communist Party. A fortress is the easiest to destroy from within. If the Chinese Communist Party wishes to avoid becoming a failed party and a failed state, it need to make big changes in the key leaders at all levels of Chinese politics, education and culture. The new leader of the Chinese Communist Party can only win the final victory in the struggle against the Fellow Traveler Party and the anti-China forces in the West by adhering to the mass line and staying close to the broad masses of the people.”

Translation of July 2012 RedChinaCn.net posting.

Source: WikiLeaks Information Shared Online Exposed China’s Names of Members of Chinese Fellow Traveler Party

Author: Zhang Fenglin

Disclaimer: The following content was found online and and the blogger does not know if it is true. But the Ford Foundation is indeed part of the US Masonic System.

WikiLeaks Exposed the Names of the Chinese Fellow Traveler Party

Author: yinduasan9527

Published:2012-1-8 20:38:00

Source: Tianya Guoguan

Reposted wanshi

WikiLeaks has once again caught a big scorpion. The latest batch of US diplomatic telegrams reveals that the US has implanted a group of “fellow travelers” in China. High ranking Americans are furious and want to shut down “impose sanctions” on the Wikileaks website. This incident, like a stone dropping into a pool, made waves, triggering strong responses from all quarters. The people on the list are naturally at risk. Some have issued statements to explaining themselves and saying that they have done nothing wrong.

Whether the explanations these people are making are true or not, or whether the list is a fabrication, those of us “non-professionals” naturally do not know, but justice always wins out in the end, we can say some “words to comfort them”. Don’t worry, the Americans recognize you as an informant. That this “may be true” is what they want to think.

When the water level goes down, the rocks appear. There is no avoiding that. As to whether “informants” really do exist, many people will think about it and have some understanding of the circumstances will say that is just about certain there are. The reason is very simple. This is consistent with the way Americans act. Some countries like to promote their values ​​everywhere, and subvert values elsewhere (some people disagree with this wording and call this “democratic reform”!?), so in countries that are “dark – deeply unfree and undemocratic gray or whatever color” they are always need to be nurturing some “contacts” – so that that they can explore the situation in those countries and so that these people can do for them some “important work” that they cannot do themselves. To assist movements in these countries and to push events along at the right moment and people will “grab whatever is at hand and rise up” to make big changes in their countries (or promote “democratic reform”). Today, the leaders of several Arab countries have changed. Is it not to the great credit of the XX Group headed by the X country that has been cultivating “informants” for a long time? Everyone knows that some people (and some countries) have been putting up a pretense while actually being ecstatic! And let’s take a look at the list. I wonder if it gives everybody a feeling of being “stunned and memorable”. Anyway, this writer always feels great “admiration” for them.

At first glance, the so-called “informants” are not such hateful people: they are experts and scholars, and they are experts in theory. They are are good talkers and can be “fascinating”. Some are religious teachers. These “important people not of this world” by injecting their own private politics into their preaching is the “Deity”. (Please ask these high ones if this is a violation of divine commandments or teachings). Is this “redemption” (“the God of Money, Redemption by US dollars?). Some journalists and writers use the prestige of the “King of Innocents” to guide public opinion, control the narrative, and peddle certain “new ideas”. Some are business people who dangle the prospect of “theoretical innovation” and associate it with the image of success and earning a lot of money. There are government officials (these people are sensitive!). Some eat Chinese rice but seek something that comes from who knows where (you can catch my meaning).

In short, the “big guys” who seem to be decent and walking in step with the Chinese people (but they bank accounts abroad and green cards) are thinking about how they can serve some foreign countries.

In our country, there are people who, as long as they have not been exposed, are considered to be loyal. When they are exposed, we call them “traitors.” The traitor always stinks. From history we can see that a country that tries to create traitors is not a good country. This time there are so many of them, they have become a group. No wonder some of them claimed to be leading proponents of “internationalism” and just can’t restrain themselves and It’s no wonder that some of you are always arrogant and scream at the little wiki.

People are always too kind. Good people are easily fooled. This time, the “Wiki” brother woke us up. We need to stand up and fight those people with their hidden agendas. Before took care not to eat contaminated pork and cooking oil. Now we have to be careful about problematic people and problematic countries.

We should change what should be changed and be contemptuous of those who deserve it. With respect to some neighbor “some Sam, some Tom, or some maternal uncle X” who tell you to just do whatever you want to do, we Chinese have to get concerned. Those who are desperately trying to help others accomplish their conspiracy (this sentence is awkward, I just don’t know how some people’s brains work), those who want to achieve a so-called “revolution” in China (on TV we can see that countries that do revolutions have lots of people dying everyday, it’s awful…), all your plotting is in vain!!! We’ll solve our own problems, we aren’t going to work for your “foreign assistance”.

A lot of hard work went into investigating the bad things that the United States has done this time. Now we have a list of names and the evidence is conclusive. Although “they” are very strong, but the people have minds of their own. Those fellows have lost a lot of face. To use a current saying, “Whether you believe it or not, I believe it.”


     Netcom accepts 100 Chinese celebrities funded by the Freemasons Ford Foundation

Reference: http://www.mshw.org/theory/politics/2011-10-28/5742.html

Mao Yuxi: Economist, Director of the Institute of Economics

Li Xing: Economist

Lin X: Economist

Fan x Gang: Economist

Hu X Steel: Economist

Wu x wave: economist

Zheng Xjian, Vice President of the Central Party School

Zhang Weiying: Former Vice President of Guanghua School of Management, Peking University

Yin X Ting, Director of Department of Anthropology, Yunnan University

Xie x Jie, Associate Professor, Sun Yat-Sen University School of Law

Zhang x Chuan, Professor, Affiliated Hospital of Qingdao University

Deng X, Professor, Fudan University

Xie x Ping, vice president of CIC

Chen X Qing, Associate Professor, Tsinghua University School of Management

He X Hong, Professor of Law, NPC

Cai Xitu, Professor of Nankai University, Director of the Institute of Globalization and Global Issues

Li Xchang, Professor of Law, Vice President of Zhongnan University of Economics and Law

Chen X Hao, police officer of the Ministry of Public Security

Chen X Dong, Professor of Law, NPC

Li X Yong, Associate Research Fellow, Institute of the People’s Procuratorate

Jiang X Song, Professor, School of Law, Central University of Finance and Economics

Hu Xwei, Professor of Doctoral Supervisor, Dean of School of International and Public Affairs, Shanghai Jiaotong University

Gao x Quan, senior economist. Jiading, Jiangsu. President of China Economic System Reform Research Association, Reform and Development of Chinese Enterprises

President of the exhibition research association

Wu x Lian, currently a researcher at the Development Research Center of the State Council and a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference

Director of the Economic Commission

Zou Xzhuang: Economist

Dong x礽: Economist

Yang x Kai: Economist

Xu x Year: Economist

Hu xliu: Economist

Hai X Wen: Vice President of Peking University

Zhou Xren: Member of the Currency Committee

Zhou xchuan: President of the People’s Bank of China

Easy x: Director of the Foreign Affairs Bureau

Lou x Wei: Economist, Chairman of CIC

Rong x Ben: Economist

Zhang X Jun: Economist

Zhao Xwei: Economist

Liu Xu Xuan: Economist

Ha x Ming,: Economist

Li X Yang, Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Chen x Gui, deputy dean of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Jiang Xping: Professor of Law

He X Fang: Professor of Law at Peking University

Cai X Jian: Professor of Law

Yu x嵘: Legal scholar

Lu X Yuan: Deputy Director of the Development Research Center of the State Council

Li x茁: Director, Institute of Population and Development, Xi’an Jiaotong University

Long live the people

 Published on 2012-7-19 07:13:04 |See only the author

Zhou Xhua: Researcher, Institute of Law, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Liu Xying: Researcher, Rural Economic Research Department, Development Research Center of the State Council.

Yu Xili: Professor, Doctoral Supervisor, School of Management, Lanzhou University

Pang Xpeng: Associate Professor, School of Agriculture and Rural Development, Renmin University of China

Sun Xyong: Currently a professor and doctoral tutor at Southwest University of Political Science and Law

Du Xchun: Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Xu Xcun: Professor Xu Jingcun, Dean of Sun Yat-Sen University School of Law

Yellow x rock

Zhu Xu; Director of the Population and Development Research Center of Fujian Normal University

Luo Xmin; Professor of Tsinghua University, doctoral tutor

Liu Xuxuan: Researcher, Institute of Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Deputy Director, Microeconomics Research Office

Li X Ship: Researcher, Institute of Industrial Research, Institute of Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Gu Xyang: Member of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Li xtong: Researcher at the Development Research Center of the State Council

Li X Shi: Professor of Business Administration, Beijing Normal University

Tian Xsheng: Director of the Department of Economics, China Youth Politics College

Lu X Ling: Deputy Secretary-General of Lu Liling China Economic System Reform Research Association

Yan Zhenzhen: Yan Ruizhen, Director of the Institute of Rural Development, Renmin University of China

Chen Xbo: Visiting Researcher at Tianze Economic Research Institute, Council of Zhejiang University Tianze Private Economy Research Center

Fang Xrong: Vice President of the Party School of Hubei Provincial Party Committee

History x Xinjiang: Director of Northwest Research Center for Social and Economic Development

Mao x Shi: Associate Dean of School of Management, Wuhan University

Xia Xzhong: Professor of the School of Social and Population Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Guo Xhua, Professor, Department of Sociology, Renmin University of China

Zhuang x韶: Professor of the Department of Sociology, Renmin University of China, research direction for anthropology

Shen X Gao: Professor of Peking University

Zhao X Kai: Deputy Secretary General of China Development Research Foundation of the Development Research Center of the State Council

Zou X甫: Director and Senior Professor of Economic Science Center of Wuhan University

Wu Xhong: Institute of Evidence Science, China University of Political Science and Law

Ye x Zhen: Dean of Fujian Finance Vocational and Technical College

Dong Xqiu: President of Yunnan Farmers University

Jiang Xping: Researcher, Women’s Institute of the All-China Women’s Federation

Zhan X Kang: Professor, Department of Health Statistics and Social Medicine, School of Public Health, Fudan University

Zheng Xsheng: Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Renmin University of China

Zhao Xchen: Researcher, Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences

Wang Xgui: Professor, School of Agriculture and Rural Development, Renmin University of China

Wen X Jun: Dean of the School of Agriculture and Rural Development, Renmin University of China

He x Wen: Professor of China Agricultural University of Economics and Management

Liu X Jing: Researcher, Institute of Agricultural Economics, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Gao xfei: Professor of Southwest University of Political Science and Law

Zhang Xfan: Professor of Peking University Law School, Executive Deputy Director of the Center for Constitutional and Administrative Law of Peking University, Chinese Constitutional Law

Vice president of the meeting.

Wang Xwei:

Zhang Xhui; Zhang Zhihui, director of the Institute of Prosecutorial Theory of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate

Bi Xqian: Professor of the National Judges College, Director of the Teaching Department of the National Judges College

Liu x帼;

Xu xting: Senior lawyer of Beijing Yuheng Law Firm

Gu Xzhong: Professor Gu Yongzhong, Vice President of the Institute of Law and Law, China University of Political Science and Law

Zhang Xsheng: Professor of Law School of Fudan University

Han X Yi: Partner of Kyoto Law Firm

Li Xao: Associate Professor, Wuhan University Law School

Fu X Lin: Teacher of Peking University Law School

List source: http://www.tianya.cn/publicforum/content/worldlook/1/426877.shtml

A list of some “informers” protected by the US Embassy in WikiLeaks earlier:

Ma Wei (Protect), sociologist of Peking University and consultant of the United Front Department

Tashi (strictly protect), a lama from Qinghai Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, is currently studying at Beijing Buddhist College. He is “very happy” (Obama meets Dalai in the United States)

Rinpoche (strictly protect) a abbot of Nether in Ningqian County, Qinghai, telling PolOff that all 400 nuns in the nunnery know that Obama meets Dalai and is excited

Lausang Cicheng Pengcuo (strictly protect), Living Buddha at Lucang Temple, Guinan County, Qinghai

Zhang Jianguo (Protect), Deputy Director of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs

Yan Bin (Protect), Director of Business Social Responsibility and Office of the former Ministry of Civil Affairs of the Beijing Office of the China Foundation Office of the Asian Foundation

Liao Anxi (Protect), Project Officer of the Asia Foundation (TAF)

Wang Zhenyao, former Director of Social Welfare and Philanthropy Promotion Department of the Ministry of Civil Affairs

Woeser, blogger of Tibetan dissidents

Hu Yan (Protect), Director and Professor of the Department of Ethnic and Religious Theory, Department of Scientific Socialism, CPC Central Party School

Yangling Dorje (protection), retired former chairman of the Tibet CPPCC, Hu Yaobang’s great admirer

Liu Xiaoyuan (Protect), Human Rights Lawyer

Ma Wei (Protect), Ph.D. student, China Research Center, Tsinghua University

Niu Jingfei (Protect), graduate student of Tsinghua University

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CSIS II: The Taiwan Relations Act at Forty and U.S.-Taiwan Relations

I went to listen to all-day panel discussions “The Taiwan Relations Act at Forty and U.S.-Taiwan Relations” at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC on April 9th. I even got a free lunch and caught up with State Department and other USG colleagues whom I hadn’t seen for a while. Fun and a day of stimulating discussions. The video links in this article may give you some useful jumping off points for eight hours of video.


CSIS has the raw video on its web page. I’ll put out a list of what the highlights were for me with the timings on the video so you won’t have to sit through it all, much as that would please CSIS. The video starts at 26:40 with an introduction by CSIS CEO John Hamre. The panels are followed by Q&A so you will want to skip around.


** President Tsai Ing-wen of the Republic of China (Taiwan) followed by Q&A with think tankers. Starts after 35:37. Transcript of President Tsai’s remarks at

** U.S. Representative Gerald Connolly, a staff assistant for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee for a decade before becoming a congressman gave a long term perspective on the Taiwan Relations Act. The Congressman begins at 4:06:08 Transcript at https://csis-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/event/190409_Representative_oerald_Connolly%20%28D-VA%29.pdf

**Another Taiwan perspective from Taiwan, ROC
Legislator Bi-khim Hsiao (Legislative Yuan) starts at 3:20:38 https://youtu.be/Rn3uSxFhHFI?t=12038

** Panelist 1: The TRA and the U.S. One-China Policy Stephen Young (Former Director, American Institute in Taiwan) at 1:54 https://youtu.be/Rn3uSxFhHFI?t=6848

** Panelist 1: Taiwan’s Changing Security EnvironmentMichael Chase (Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation) starts at https://youtu.be/Rn3uSxFhHFI?t=19281

**Panelist 2: How Taiwan Should Ensure Economic Competitiveness Eric Altbach (Senior Vice President, Albright Stonebridge Group) starts at 5:32:43

**Panelist 3: Taiwan’s Options Regarding China Susan Thornton (Former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs) starts at 5:45:44

Looking Towards the Future

2:45pm         Panel Three: The Next Forty Years Panel started at 6:37

  • Moderator:Abraham Denmark (Director of the Asia Program, Wilson Center)
  • Panelist 1: The TRA’s Continuing Relevance to U.S. Policy Robert Sutter (Professor of Practice of International Affairs, George Washington University)
  • Panelist 2: China’s Strategies Toward Taiwan and Taiwan/U.S. ResponsesRyan Hass (David M. Rubenstein Fellow – Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution)
  • Panelist 3: Taiwan’s Future Sources of Strength and WeaknessJacques deLisle (Professor of Law & Political Science, University of Pennsylvania)
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Curl Up With A Think Tank Video: US – China Innovation Forum at CSIS April 10, 2019

I attended the US – China Innovation Forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Wednesday April 10 which brought together industry leaders, business consultants and scholars to discuss issues surrounding innovation and US – China trade. I’ll mention hear some of my favorite parts with video links to those bits. 

Video timings add a lot of value for little effort. I’m surprised that they don’t insert the timings in the raw video on YouTube immediately afterwards!  CSIS generates just avalanches of interesting stuff that could easily just vanishes like the sound waves in the conference room.

You can skip around to find stimulating brainwaves for yourself. The program starts 29 minutes after the raw video so if you want to curl up on your coach with CSIS, the start link would be https://youtu.be/2h2Q94KPaPU?t=1772


Congressman Rick Larson (Democrat of Washington), co-chair of the House US – China Working Group (web page at https://uschinaworkinggroup-larsen.house.gov/ ) , recently returned from another of his many trips to China with House colleagues from both parties. Trade concerns are bipartisan.

 ** Congressman Larson’s presentation begins at 4:36:55 of the raw video feed at URL https://youtu.be/2h2Q94KPaPU?t=16615

Congressman Larson said there is now an unusual tripartisan alignment in the US Congress on China issues among the security hawks, the trade hawks and the human rights hawks. These factions all cross party line. They usually balance each other out to some degree but they are now aligned in their dissatisfaction with US – PRC relations.

**The health panel and especially Zhang Ligang’s presentation at  https://youtu.be/2h2Q94KPaPU?t=14960
on  how artificial intelligence could even be much more important in China than in the US.  It could boost the productivity and effectiveness of China’s overworked and less educated (80% either BA or MA rather than doctorate in medicine) and improve China’s long term cancer survival rates (now just about one-third of what they are in the USA). [Zhao’s presentation got me thinking about path dependency in development.  As he said, many Chinese have smart phones not and not home computers (I would add phones and not credit cards) and so development takes a different path. Seems like so many difference in US – China development result in overly exciting, hair shirt-wrenching press reports.  Often it just differences in development path. ]

3:00 pm: Panel #4: Case Study: Healthcare          

J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President and Director, Global Health Policy Center, CSIS

Jennifer Osika, Deputy Vice President, International, PhRMA
Zhang Ligang, CEO, iKang Healthcare
Joan Shen, Head of Discovery and Clinical Development, I-Mab Biopharma
Benjamin Shobert, Director of Healthcare Strategy, MicrosoftAs CSIS

** Presentation of John Nueuffer CEO of the Semiconductor Industry Association starts at https://youtu.be/2h2Q94KPaPU?t=6803 on the panel.

1:00 pm: Panel #2: Innovating and Executing               
John L. Holden, Senior Director, McLarty Associates

Steven M. Chapman, Group Vice President, China and Russia, Cummins
Pin Ni, President, Wanxiang America Corporation
John Neuffer, President & CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association
Piper Lounsbury Stover, CEO and Cofounder, BINC Technologies, LLC

The Protecting Innovation panel spoke to some central concerns these days!! That panel starts at URL  https://youtu.be/2h2Q94KPaPU?t=10246

2:15 pm: Panel #3: Protecting Innovation                    
Scott Kennedy, Senior Adviser, Freeman Chair, CSIS

Robert Holleyman, President & CEO, C&M International
Terrence Brady, President, Underwriters Laboratories Inc
John Larkin, President, Larkin Trade International
Christopher Padilla, Vice President, Government & Regulatory Affairs, IBM  

Copied from the CSIS website at https://www.csis.org/events/us-china-innovation-forum-setting-agenda?

US-China Innovation Forum: Setting the Agenda

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 11:30 am – 5:00 pm
CSIS Headquarters

This is a raw video feed. Event begins at 29:00. Edited video will be posted shortly.

Rapid technological advancements offer a wealth of potential opportunities for business and consumers, but also present a set of serious public policy challenges for the United States, China and others. Maximizing the benefits of innovation requires strong support for R&D and open markets, and policies and practices that effectively protect intellectual property rights, privacy, and national security. Recognizing the difficulty of this multi-pronged pursuit, at our April 10 kickoff event, American and Chinese representatives from industry, finance, government and think tanks will discuss how to best foster, protect, and advance innovation.
The US-China Innovation Forum is a joint initiative of the CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies and the US-China Business Council.


11:30 am: Registration
11:45 am: Welcoming Remarks (& Luncheon)
Scott Kennedy, Senior Adviser, Freeman Chair in China Studies, CSIS
Craig Allen, President, US-China Business Council
William S. Cohen, Chairman and CEO, The Cohen Group
12:15 pm: Panel #1: Financing Innovation (luncheon cont’d)
Martin Chorzempa, Research Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Michael Kuan, Founder, Kuan Capital
Joyce Chang, Chair of Global Research, J.P. Morgan
Vincent Mo, Founder and Chairman, Fang Holdings
1:00 pm: Panel #2: Innovating and Executing               
John L. Holden, Senior Director, McLarty Associates

Steven M. Chapman, Group Vice President, China and Russia, Cummins
Pin Ni, President, Wanxiang America Corporation
John Neuffer, President & CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association
Piper Lounsbury Stover, CEO and Cofounder, BINC Technologies, LLC
2:00 pm: Coffee Break
2:15 pm: Panel #3: Protecting Innovation                    
Scott Kennedy, Senior Adviser, Freeman Chair, CSIS
Robert Holleyman, President & CEO, C&M International
Terrence Brady, President, Underwriters Laboratories Inc
John Larkin, President, Larkin Trade International
Christopher Padilla, Vice President, Government & Regulatory Affairs, IBM
3:00 pm: Panel #4: Case Study: Healthcare          

J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President and Director, Global Health Policy Center, CSIS

Jennifer Osika, Deputy Vice President, International, PhRMA
Zhang Ligang, CEO, iKang Healthcare
Joan Shen, Head of Discovery and Clinical Development, I-Mab Biopharma
Benjamin Shobert, Director of Healthcare Strategy, Microsoft

4:00 pm: Panel #5: Government’s Role in Promoting Innovation  

Christopher K. Johnson, Freeman Chair in China Studies, CSIS
Craig Allen, President, US-China Business Council

Congressman Rick Larsen (D-WA)
Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) (was not able to come)
5:00 pm: Event Concludes This event is free, open to the public and media, and will be streamed live online from this page.

Conference funding comes from Applied Materials and other support to the Freeman Chair in China Studies’ China Innovation Policy Series (CIPS).

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Did Revealing PRC Secret Lead to Prof Yu’s Weibo Account Suspension??

On April 9th, the South China Morning Post reported that the 90-day suspension of the Weibo account of renowned expert on Chinese grassroots activism (and sometime advisor to top Communist Party leaders) Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Professor Yu Jianrong. What, I wondered could have been the dark PRC secret had been revealed that so discomfited the PRC authorities that they could not but suspend Prof Yu’s Weibo account?

Here is Professor Yu Jianrong’s last Weibo posting dated March 23, 2019.

Here Professor Yu Jianrong (until 2003 a professor at Hunan Normal University) copies a news report about a lecture by another Hunan man, Hunan University prof, Professor Du Jiangang, at a scholar’s forum in which he revealed that not only did the English people originated in China’s western Hunan Province but that the English language itself evolved from the ancient Chinese language spoken many thousands of years ago in the lands of the Huaxia that became China. I looked around and found two articles by Prof Du Jiangang, who is also the author of a book on the origin of some languages.

Could the revelation of this secret that makes it clear to all why China is called the Central Kingdom? Is does seem a violation of the Deng Xiaoping Principle of Tao Your Guang and Yang Your Huikeep a low profile and bide your time, while also getting something accomplished.”  But then again, Xi Jinping Thought does called it self a re-interpretation of Deng Xiaoping Theory for the new era.

Or is it just a joke on the authorities?
The weibo entry does indicate that it was edited. Perhaps Prof. Yu was angry at the authorities and decided to change his last tweet before Weibo suspension to something weird??!!

The South China Morning Post on Professor Yu’s  Weibo account being suspended

Yu, a researcher at the rural development institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, was told that his Weibo account would be suspended for 90 days.

“I feel odd. I don’t know which of my comments violated the country and Sina’s regulations,” Yu told the Post. He said he had not posted any political content on his account for two years.

Yu Jianrong, who had seven million followers on Weibo, had his account suspended for 90 days. Photo: Twitter

Yu Jianrong, who had seven million followers on Weibo, had his account suspended for 90 days. Photo: Twitter

“Every day, I post about art. They can’t find any ‘politically harmful information’ in my posts, but it’s up to them.” Yu said.

Weibo’s vague definition of “politically harmful information” includes not only content that violates the law or the constitution, undermines national unity and incites hatred, but also bans spreading rumours and publishing “adverse information” that could undermine “social morality”. ” explained the South China Morning Post.

Just what is secret? Maybe that in itself is a secret too!

The lecturer whom Professor Yu mentioned in his Weibo posting said both the English and the French are actually from Hunan Province.

The Opium Wars have been misunderstood! The English were trying to go home and reclaim their ancient lands.


湖南大学教授杜钢建语出惊人:英国人源自中国湘西 微信 + A – 中英关系 2019-03-25 16:03:38 中国宪法学家杜钢建(图源:VCG)

北京时间3月20日上午,第三届中国“一带一路”博士论坛在北京第二外国语学院召开。湖南大学法学院教授杜钢建语出惊人,提出英国人源自中国湘西。 综合媒体3月26日报道,杜钢建指出,古汉语是英语的母语。因为整个英国文化起源于中国。英国早期有两大民族盎格鲁人、撒克逊人。他们都是起源于中国。 针对英国人具体源自于哪里呢?来自于中国的古英国。中国的古英国在哪里呢?杜钢建回答,在现在的湖北。湖北现在有一个县叫英山县。夏商时期中国的古英国在这里,所以现在叫英山县。 杜钢建强调,古英国人的祖先可以追溯到湘西地区的皋陶,也就是尧舜禹时期的大法官。所以,在商朝推翻夏朝以后,古英国人开始往西迁移,在印度建立了英国,后来到了两河流域建立了英国,然后到汉代已经翻译成“恩屈国”,就演化成了现在讲的“盎格鲁”。 杜钢建指出,英语跟中文是同源的。同源的原因在哪?来自于我们古英国人的迁徙,一直迁徙到了欧洲。 新浪微博@梨视频文化2018年11月10日报道,杜钢建还有一个“人类起源于非洲”的观点,他表示人类起源和文明起源是两个概念。 …转自多维新闻网h


And not only the English but the French as well. They are both from Hunan, just like Mao Zedong! Professor Du also tells us that the ancient Gauls came from Yanling County, Hunan. 

If you look really hard at the map, you can see that Hunan’s Yanling County is shaped a little bit like France. Sort of a Hexagone I guess.

Perhaps if Asterix had known, the French (and even the little boys and girls of Algeria and Vietnam in the early 20th century) would not have had to learn about “”nos ancêtres les Gaulois” but instead about “”nos ancêtres les Chinois”. French historians have debunked traditional thinking about the Gauls and the founding of France, so perhaps Prof. Du’s ideas will find some traction. Or not.


2017-06-23 11:29




“那边钱多。” 6月19日,北京时间“暴风眼”询问其为何有辞职想法,杜钢建不假思索回答。一会儿后,他补充道:“湖南的14个市州我都走遍了,去广东是为了更好地研究人类文明起源,深圳10万年前就有人生存了,你想想有多少东西可以研究。”他还表示,自己对东南亚国家比较熟悉,今后计划研究东南亚人类文明起源。



























































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Leung Man-tao’s Thousand and One Nights Video Series on YouTube

I recently came across a fun Chinese-language literature program on YouTube. This is a good video series for advanced students of Chinese could watch there. Not overly fast, very standard Mandarin as you might expect from a presenter who has worked for Phoenix TV Hong Kong. Subtitles too.

The one I saw was a 2016 episode from an ongoing video series entitled 1001 Nights, this episode discusses Shakespeare and King Lear. 一千零一夜 第九十一夜:李尔王(一) The presenter, Leung Man-tao 梁文道 is from Hong Kong a fine bi-cultural/multicultural crossroads for a program that explores culture, literature and history in China and elsewhere. On The Paper Republic Chinese Literature in Translation website I found a blurb about Leung Man-tao:

“Informed by his dual identity as Chinese citizen and Hong Kong resident, Leung remains rooted in the cosmopolitanism of the latter, while possessing an intimate understanding of events and conditions on the mainland. While Leung’s Hong Kong origins have provided a convenient excuse for his many mainland critics to dismiss his writings out of hand, they also make his writing all the more accessible to foreign readers unaccustomed to the excessively circumspect style of traditional Chinese non-fiction.”

As he discusses literature and Shakespeare, Leung is on a crowded Beijing subway train and then a long sidewalk along a Beijing street at night — perhaps to refer to Shakespeare writing for the average person of his time. An intriguing ambiance.

One amusing aside in Leung’s introduction to Shakespeare tells Chinese why they should care about Shakespeare! “Xi Jinping was fascinated by Shakespeare when he read him after being sent down to the countryside in Shaanxi Province. Xi said that he learned a lot about human relationships through his reading of Shakespeare. We too should learn from Xi Jinping and study Shakespeare!”

In the next episode I watched, Leung Man-tao discussed mid-nineteenth century Kyoto, the political ferment among the samurai warrior-intellectual class as the old political order was in terminal decline. As many wanted a restoration of the mythical god-emperor order, Kyoto became steadily more important as a cultural and political meeting place — and the political encounters not infrequently ended in assassination. Leung’s discussion centers around the pre-Meiji Restoration important political thinker (and very low ranking samurai) Sakamoto Ryōma  坂本龙马 . Would there just be endless wars and slaughter?

Leung tells us that Sakamoto called for an end to assassinations [earlier the Wiki bio notes that he was peripherally involved in one such plot but changed his mind later] and a political consultative system that would tie together the whole country. Though he couldn’t boast of being a scholar (though he was an excellent Kendo sportsman) people listened. Nonetheless, he was martyred by one of the very many assassins all around in Japan at that time at the age of thirty-one.

Sakamoto may have been the first Japanese to promote republican ideals (he was a great admirer of George Washington) and human rights in government although, Leung adds, he couldn’t push it too far since he could easily be assassinated by one of the many proponents of restoring the mythical god-emperor system. Sakamoto had a very engaging personality and his constant travel all over Japan made him a great missionary for progressive political ideals.

Leung said that Sakamoto Ryoma was not much appreciated in prewar Japan but is now thanks in large part to the writer of historical novels 司馬遼太郎 Shiba Ryōtarō. Leung explained how that Shiba has had a great influence on contemporary Japanese understanding of Japanese history. Shiba was inspired by the great ancient Chinese historian Sima Qian and so took Sima as the first part of his penname, adding 遼 ‘faraway’ to signify that he was far from being Sima Qian’s equal, and the typical Japanese personal name Taro to signal that he was Japanese. Leung pointed out that Shiba, modeling himself on Sima Qian, was much more willing to make moral judgments about historical figures than are contemporary Japanese historians.

Shiba Ryotaro’s book on Sakamoto Ryoma 竜馬がゆく [Ryoma Goes His Way], the first volume (of eight) was translated into English last year — Ryōtarō Shiba’s ‘RYOMA!’ Translated into English” and is available in an electronic edition. I have been considering getting it to practice my once fairly good (30 years ago) but now rusty Japanese. Maybe later — a reader comment on Amazon Japan noted that Shiba’s historical novel has many 19th century Japanese language expressions that can make it hard going at times but rating it as a superb book.

In Japan more than in other countries, said Leung, a strong academic tradition in history leads to narrow focus and unwillingness to discuss the significance of historical figures, leaving the field open to the historical novelist Shiba. [Not sure about that point myself. During my book shop prowling in Japan, I got that expert academics were more likely to write high-level yet appealing popular books for laypeople that than their US counterparts. One Tokyo University professor told me thirty years ago that academic salaries are not high but publishers offer good fees for publishing books. “My publisher put me in a hotel for two weeks and told me to write!” he said.

There is always the question of the novelist and the amateur historian vs. the professional. I remember hearing my history professors in college complaining about the ideas some of their students got from popular writers. Stimulating anyways and helps one think more broadly…and writing a blog post helps to think about what I think about it! There is quite a lot out there on Shiba’s influence on popular understanding of Japanese history, much of it laudatory:

Shiba Ryōtarō shows that the Japanese state kept falling over and over again into the same pattern of errors.…

The the habits and tastes of a nation don’t change so much in the space of just one hundred or two hundred years.

If so, it is very important that we, who lived in the 21st century, prepare as their own mirror, looking at the Japanese history and Japanese of the 20th century, as Japanese who live in the 21st century. I must have written a work hoping for it. The work on the history of Japan and the Japanese history up to the twentieth century that Shiba Ryōtarō produced is important for us to stare into it as we hold it up as a mirror to our 21st century Japanese selves. This is probably when Shima Ryōtarō meant when he wrote his books. “

The Chinese language Wiki bio of Leung Man-tao noted that he signed (along with Liu Xiaobo and many others) the Charter 08 declaration calling for real democracy in China. 

Wiki: Shiba Ryotaro

Wiki: Sakamoto Ryoma

Leung’s Thousand and One Nights literary/historical/cultural program has many episodes on the program’s YouTube page. 

Many episodes of A Thousand and One Nights are available on YouTube. I look forward to watching more of them! See the complete list updated regularly since the series is still in production.

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PRC TV on the Superiority of Chinese Democracy

Just watched on You Tube Episode 11: “Origins of Western Democracy, Analyzing and Comparing China’s Superiorities, Zhang Weiwei’s Profound Analysis of Chinese Socialism” from a Dragon TV series China Now —  Understanding China Today that was published on their You Tube channel —
中国东方卫视官方频道China DragonTV Official
— on March 25, 2019 

《这就是中国》第11期:溯源西方民主历史 剖析比较中国优势 张维为深度解析中国社会主义民主【东方卫视官方高清】

This episode is on the superiority of Chinese democracy.

From China’s Dragon TV, a series on Today’s China. This episode on Chinese democracy — Chinese is better.

My sketchy notes on the first fifteen minutes of the program. Opens with an informal discussion with university-age young people. Discussion: when westerners complain, their governments don’t pay attention. In China, if the people complain, the government reacts right away. They may curse you, but they pay great attention to public opinion.

Unlike the West. So Chinese democracy is better.

Then a lecture by Fudan University Professor Zhang Weiwei : Why over the past thirty years has the average income of Americans stagnated? They are doing even worse than eastern Europe. So many people still deluded by that colonialist Churchill’s famous saying ‘Democracy is the worst system except for all the others’. Need to distinguish between good democracy, rotten democracy and bad democracy.

Those Westerners are always boasting that they have the best political system. Attempts in some countries in Africa to establish democracy before they have rule of law lead to calamity.  Democratic movements the so-called Arab Spring encouraged by the West led to disaster. Westerners pushing their ‘democracy’ on the world has led to many disasters including waves of African refugees heading to Europe. Those Europeans have as we say in China picked up a big boulder only to smash it down on their own feet!  Chancellor Merkel wanted to welcome all the refugees, but too many, and now she is on the way out. 

Now many people in the West are waking up to the disasters that ‘democracy fundamentalism’ is creating around the world.

An authoritative enunciation of this view just came out in March 2019 issue of the Chinese Communist Party ideological journal Seeking Truth [求实]. The article, entitled

The “Great Political Innovation” that Grew Up on Chinese Soil
——Learning From General Secretary Xi Jinping’s Important Exposition on the New Model for a Political Party System” [中国土壤生长的“伟大政治创造” ——学习习近平总书记关于新型政党制度的重要论述] by Lei Chunfang appeared on the Seeking Truth website on April 1. The article discusses the political party system China has developed since the Communist Party took power in 1949 and particularly since the period of opening and reform began in the late 1970s. General Secretary Xi remarked that this is no system imported from foreign countries but China’s own political invention.

The new Chinese model for a political party system embodies Chinese traditional cultural values in unique values and political ideals such as “everything should be done for the public good”, “be open minded”, “seek common ground while holding on to one’s own views”. In this we have inherited the excellent Chinese traditional cultural genes which have a deep historical background. China’s ancients in their reflections on the cosmic order said that “Everything should be cultivated without harm and our paths should be parallel and not clashing with one another.” In handling human affairs, they sought to “find a middle pathway between alternatives”, “seek harmony and respect differences”. In the arts and aesthetics they stressed the importance of “constraining the eight musical instruments so as to achieve harmony”, “adjusting the five colors to achieve harmony”. In the principles of governance, they stressed “looking out for the good of the common people”, “regularly inquire about the well-being of the most humble”, “make a system for the discussion of public affairs but don’t get obsessed with politics” based on their long experience. Our Chinese new political party model has absorbed what is reasonable in these traditional ideas….

At the conclusion of the article Lei Chunfang discusses the significance of China’s new political model. Lei writes that it is the political system is the “system password” that made booting up the “Chinese miracle” possible, it is the system that made possible the great renaissance of the Chinese nation, and has provided the world with the Chinese model for the development of political parties.

The Chinese model for developing a political party system. If the party system can be taken as the “operating system” of state power and democratic politics, then China’s new party system model is an essential “operating systems” for the functioning of its socialist political system with Chinese characteristics. This model prescribes a process for fostering democracy, collecting ideas from far and wide, by promoting ideological unity, and by building consensus. This model prescribes a process of scientific and democratic decision-making. The Chinese model eliminates the chaos of Western “money politics”, “oligarch politics” and “politician-centered politics”, avoids “politicians arranging their succession”, and the farce and the chaos of so-called competition between distinct political parties. All this clearly demonstrates the wisdom of the Chinese in providing to the world this Chinese development of a political party system.

Please consider your thoughts duly rectified!



来源:《求是》2019/07 作者:雷春芳 2019-04-01 09:00:00

















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