Monthly Archives: March 2021

Mianyang Memories and a Press Clipping: Upcoming October 2021 PRC Military/Civilian Science Fair in Mianyang Restricted Area

Below is a press release Report on an upcoming S&T fair in Mianyang S&T City to be held in October 2021. Mianyang is the the home of the Chinese Academy of Engineering Physics Ninth Physics Institute [web page Google Translated] … Continue reading

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2021: PRC State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi Interviewed by media at the end of his visit to five African countries

PRC Foreign Minister Wang Yi went to Africa on January 4 – 9 2021. There were some English language press coverage. This Xinhua account machine translated from Chinese seems more complete. Below I have also copied machine translations of Xinhua … Continue reading

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2020: Shen Zhihua on State of Chinese Research on Relations with Neighboring Asian Countries

PRC diplomatic history scholar Shen Zhihua’s talk at a 2020 Tsinghua University “Workshop on China’s Border Regions and Asia” 中国边疆与亚洲研究”学术工作坊 is on YouTube. In 2009,China’s Central Military Commission wondered why are relations with the DPRK so very difficult? Shen said those … Continue reading

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1997: PRC Anti-Corruption Novel “The Wrath of God”: Insights into Official Corruption

I lived in Beijing from 1996 to 2001.  One of the better books I read during those days was Cheng Fang’s Tiannu [The Wrath of God available online at 天怒 ] a banned novel based on a Beijing Municipality corruption … Continue reading

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China’s Huayuquan 话语权 — Does it mean ‘China’s Right to Speak’ or ‘the Right to Control Discourse About China’

China’s huayuquan is sometimes translated as China’s right to speak. When I read an article about it in a 2009 article in the Communist Party’s ideological journal Qiushi I got the impression that huayuquan meant China should have the dominant … Continue reading

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2009: Behind the Hurt Feelings of the Chinese People — A Threat to the Regime

The Xinhua publication Global Times on its websites offered a list and map of countries that have hurt the feelings of the Chinese people [(URL link to audio) shānghàile zhōngguó rénmín de gǎnqíng 伤害了中国人民的感情] over the past few decades. Chinese … Continue reading

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Tools for Building Specialized and Technical Vocabulary for Chinese Language Learners

Intermediate and advanced professional learners of Chinese at some point may want to look for Chinese-language materials in their areas of interest. I copied below, as an example of a DeepL machine translation, a translation of an article on the … Continue reading

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A Sign of the Times: Party Propaganda Reaching for New Heights of Absurdity

China’s real achievements in lifting great numbers of its people out of poverty are still accompanied by bodyguards of lies. It makes me wonder why China’s Communist Party could be surprised at how little credibility it has both within China … Continue reading

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Basic Cell of First-half PRC Economic and Political Organization: The Work Unit

The unit or work unit (gongzuo danwei 工作单位) was a key feature of the first half of the PRC’s history although it faded away after the Second Founding of the PRC led by Hua Guofeng, Deng Xiaoping and others. One … Continue reading

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From Yang Jisheng’s Book: China’s Workers on the Eve of the Cultural Revolution

These days I have been reading Yang Jisheng’s 【楊繼繩】 massive book 天地翻覆——中國文化大革命史 (上篇) [The World Turned Upside Down — the History of China’s Cultural Revolution]. I just came across a nice capsule description of the China’s post-1949 unit system for … Continue reading

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