1, At the recently finished Central United Front Work Conference, Xi Jinping said that we should unite the younger generation to have them provide support for realizing the “Chinese Dream”. It was also the first time he mentioned “strengthening and uniting representatives in new media”.
2, Xi Jinping said we need to consolidate and develop “the widest united patriotic front”, including “strengthening and upgrading the work of representatives in new media”. He also said that they should “present positive energy while purifying the online space, and advocating mainstream ideology”.
1, According to Xinhua, Xi Jinping said that “we need to strengthen and better the work of representatives in new media. We need to set up regular contact channels to strengthen online and offline communication, so that they could “present positive energy while purifying the online space, and advocating mainstream ideology”.
2, From March 24 to April 3, the CCP’s Central United Front’s Central Socialism Institute held the 12th Theory Research Workshop of the elite social class. 55 members participated and people who are active in the Internet business became main participants in this workshop.
3, Almost ⅓ of the 55 members are from the Internet and new media industry, including one of the previous major directors at Sina Weibo, current deputy director of Xiaomi Technology Chen Tong, CEO of “Toutiao” social network Zhang Yiming, Deputy Chairman of Baidu Zhu Guang; CEO of online video website Aiqiyi Gong Yu, deputy director Ms. Chen Danqing of Yoku Video Group, deputy director Ma Na of Tianya Social Network. There are also popular Internet icon Deng Fei and Ouyang Houzeng, Committee Member of the CPPCC in Wenzhou.
4, These members expressed their devotion to the current political system.
Some alarming statistics published by a magazine in HK, here are some quotes:
1, China’s population is 1.34 billion. There are 178 million people who are older than 60 years old, which constitute 13.26% of the population. Half of them don’t have children around them and their biggest problem is loneliness. There are 300 million unemployed people, 200 million on migration. There are 180 million single people. 58 million children are left behind in the countryside because their parents are at work in cities. 97% of the citizens don’t have adequate scientific qualities.
2, In 2011 everyone in China is anxious. Chinese people’s average annual income ranks 159th in the world; 71% of people live in great hardship; 65% of aging parents still take care of their adult children; 74% of people born after 1980s feel pressure taking care of their parents. 94.5% don’t feel safe of their food quality. 99.6% think there is less and less genuine friendship. 75.5% think it is very rare to have true friendship.
3, Chinese government’s income has increased 985 times, but its people’s income has increased only 19 times (didn’t say since when). Each year the casualty of abnormal death in China exceeds 3.2 million. Every year about 1 million children die before 5 years old.
By Peter R. Orszag from Bloomberg
From 1970 to 2010, the number of students enrolled in higher education globally rose by 500 percent, to 178 million from 29 million. Nowhere was this growth faster than in China. While in the U.S. the number increased 140 percent, in China, it rose almost 30,000 percent, and the country more than doubled its number of colleges. Of global total enrollment, China’s share expanded from nothing to 17 percent. For comparison, India’s share rose from 9 percent to 12 percent during the same period.
These relationships also extend to research. China has become the top international collaborator for U.S. researchers. And by 2012, almost half of Chinese collaborations abroad were with Americans, Freeman and Huang have found.
Law professor Zhang Qianfan of Peking University Law School published a very critical review on the charges of Xu Zhiyong on FT Chinese.
1, The charges (on Xu Zhiying’s crime) are very simple and vague. Most of the evidence was based on some weibo messages Xu had posted in the past few years. Therefore this is a typical conviction of speech.
2, This action not only violates the defendant's freedom of speech, which is supposed to be protected by the Constitution on Article 35, but it also represents that the police and the procuratorate lack basic respect of people’s freedom. During the execution of their public power they are very restless. In an anarchist state, individuals could protect themselves on their own, but if the controllers of national machine reach their own agenda through threatening the freedom of its people, then this country is actually a tool for the ruler to enslave its people. It is the same in nature as mafia’s kidnapping and robbery.
3, Rule of law not only relies on the self-control of the country, but it also needs the supervision from the society, particularly from lawyers. Pu Zhiqiang is sued by the public power as a lawyer this time - it is not an auspicious signal for China’s rule of law.
4, Over the past three decades, Chinese lawyers have become important backbones on promoting China’s rule of law. Actually Pu Zhiqiang himself as a lawyer had contributed a lot on getting rid of China’s education through labor system. If lawyers’ basic rights and security can’t be protected and the police could exploit lawyers’ freedom on unjustified charges, China’s rule of law will undoudtedly go through serious setback.