China’s Official Press Agency Loves Those Sexy Teen Models

Xinhua, believe it or not
Let’s play a guessing game. What kind of website would host a series of pictures such as the above? (Too classy, probably.) Bro Bible? Frat House Sports? Slingshot? Surely one of those sites with features like “The 50 Bustiest Girls on Facebook” and pop-up video ads. One of those sites in which a new... Read more »

The Day After The Day After And Such: Bo Xilai’s Family And Associates, As Depicted In Media

Gu Kailai
Here are the more interesting bits in a day of frenetic media coverage of the Bos. THE SON “Very beautiful” apparently just means “has big baps.” “Mr Bo has been romantically linked to Chen Xiaodan, the daughter of the governor of the China Development Bank and the granddaughter of Chen Yun, one of the Communist party’s... Read more »

Today In Shitty Journalism: MSNBC, E! Online, Mail Online, And Hollywood Reporter Are Among Those Who Got Trolled By Fake Quote

Earlier this week I came across a story on Offbeat China about Kate Winslet’s breasts being censored in the Chinese theatrical release of Titanic 3D. Alia wrote, without citing a source (cite your sources, people; I’m looking at you too, Shanghaiist), that the reason they censored the breast was because, “Considering the vivid 3D effects,... Read more »

Traffic Light: A Graphic, Senseless Hit-And-Run

Youku video for those in China after the jump. Traffic Light (红绿灯) is a show on Beijing Television (BTV) that airs an ostensibly instructional segment called “Accidents That Should Never Happen.” Everything about it is ridiculous. The only way to make it more ridiculous is to watch it in slow motion, set to music. The song... Read more »

Mid-Week Links Corollary: Bo Xilai Edition

Bo Xilai
Via Time’s Global Spin blog Tonight’s BBC’s radio show World Have Your Say invited me to participate along with Tom of Seeing Red in China, blogger/researcher Isaac Mao and a student in London whose name we didn’t catch. Feel free to give it a listen over links, if you will.

“On BXL” Is A Phrase You Cannot Text In Beijing Right Now [UPDATE: Other Prepositions Fail Too] [UPDATE 2: It's No Coincidence: Text Messages Are Being Blocked]

iPhone message "on bxl"
This may not have anything to do with Bo Xilai, but then again… maybe it does? [UPDATE 2, 4 pm: 薄熙来, GKL and BGG (Bo's Chinese name and the initials of his wife and son) all get blocked, too -- see screenshot after jump.] It doesn’t matter if you’re using an iPhone or a plain... Read more »

Bo Xilai Is In Big Trouble, And Yes, It Is Because Xinhua Says His Wife And Aide May Be Linked To Neil Heywood’s Death

Bo Xilai
Over the past month, there’s been a lot of smoke regarding Bo Xilai, some of which we’ve been happy to fan here, but when it comes to Chinese politics and media, you know there’s definitely a fire when that smoke is being blown by none other than Xinhua. A little more than an hour ago, the... Read more »

What Homemade Firearms In China Look Like: Crossbows

Homemade firearm - crossbow
Xinhua reported today that Nanning police seized 80 homemade firearms in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in their “war on crimes involving guns and explosives to safeguard social stability and public security.” Crimes like the son of a county cadre shooting a street vendor to death, we can only assume they were thinking. But in all... Read more »

Revisiting Mike Wallace’s Interview With Jiang Zemin: “Explaining Power Dilutes It” [UPDATE]

Mike Wallace’s Interview With Jiang Zemin featured image
Isaac Stone Fish over at Foreign Policy has a fitting tribute to Mike Wallace, journalist, with a post titled "Is Mike Wallace the reason Chinese leaders don't give interviews?" To Wallace, who passed away on Saturday -- and to any journalist, really -- I can't think of a better compliment. Wallace's genius was the ability to unblinkingly chastise power. Even during the aired pleasantries, Wallace looks unimpressed with Jiang [Zemin]. During minute 2 of the hour-long interview, aired days before Jiang's 2000 U.S. visit, Wallace tells Jiang "shorter answers, please. More concise" and a touch of panic breaks through Jiang's placid smile.

Global Times Has Topped Itself With Latest Headline: “Baidu is not a condom, rules court”

Baidu condom
The story in its entirety: A Shenzhen-based condom company must stop branding its products with “Baidu,” Beijing No.1 Intermediate People’s Court ruled yesterday, in favor of the condom’s namesake search engine company. The court found the condom manufacturer, Yelaixiang, violated Baidu’s right to the name because it deliberately used the well-known brand to attract attention,... Read more »