Trial live-broadcasting…with Chinese characteristics

Alia | August 22nd, 2013 - 4:24 am

Unprecedentedly, authorities said there will be live coverage for today’s trial of Bo Xilai, China’s fallen politician who is charged with bribery, corruption and abuse of power. And this is what it looks like to live-broadcast a trial in China.

Chinese netizens unhappy about Liu Zhiqun’s suspended death sentence

Alia | July 9th, 2013 - 1:40 am
Liu Zhijun in court

Chinese netizens wanted a straight death penalty for Liu, instead of the current suspended death sentence. One netizen commented: “The message to other corrupt officials is ‘Feel free to take as many bribes as possible. You won’t be sentenced to death.’”

Is the Chinese national male soccer team an epitome of today’s China as a country?

Alia | June 17th, 2013 - 3:04 am
The team and angry fans

That is the question many Chinese netizens asked after another humiliating defeat from the country’s national male soccer team.

A mysterious 17.2G sex tape of Guo Meimei and another PR nightmare for China Red Cross

Alia | April 26th, 2013 - 9:19 pm
Allegedly a screenshot of the sex tape

A rumored sex tape of Guo Meimei and a few China Red Cross officials went viral online, followed by China Red Cross’ withdraw of their decision to re-investigate Guo. Chinese netizens believed that China’s biggest charity body has chickened out.

A picture is worth a thousand words…

Alia | April 23rd, 2013 - 10:57 pm

Two pictures show very well how much trust the Chinese people have in their government when it comes to disaster relief donation.

Over half of Chinese officials have Weibophobia

Alia | February 24th, 2013 - 11:06 pm

A survey by People’s Forum among 2156 government officials across China showed that more than half of government officials in the country have Weibophobia.

Chinese general Luo Yuan’s battle on Weibo

Alia | February 24th, 2013 - 9:34 pm
Luo's Weibo profile picture

On February 21, high-ranking Chinese military officer Luo Yuan, major general, opened a personal Weibo account. Instead of welcomes, Chinese netizens showered Luo with bitter questions and criticism. The peacetime general’s hope to win over public favor is crashed completely.

10 Chongqing officials sacked for involving in sex tapes with the same girl

Alia | January 24th, 2013 - 8:22 pm

10 Chongqing officials were sacked for involving in sex tape scandals, and 6 were caught to have sex with the same girl who brought down Lei. Chinese netizens found a new national anti-corruption heroine.

Multiple hukou, The new symbol of status of China’s corrupt?

Alia | January 23rd, 2013 - 2:34 am

The new hot pursuit in China’s officialdom is hukou, resident record in the country’s notorious household registration system. While hukou confines the underclass, it allows those in powerful positions the room to enjoy care-free corruption.

Uncle house 2.0: A village cadre with RMB 2 billion assets

Alia | November 29th, 2012 - 1:31 am

Zhou Weisi, a committee director at Longgang district, Shenzhen province, was recently exposed to own assets worth as much as 2 billion yuan. He owns so many properties that netizens give him the nickname “grandpa house,” an upgraded generation of “uncle house.”