23 February 2011

Yang Hengjun: "Big News!"

Blogger, novelist, and "democracy hawker" Yang Hengjun posted the following tongue-in-cheek item to his Sina Weibo and Twitter accounts about an hour ago. After being reposted over 400 times in no more than 40 minutes, it was deleted by Weibo.


Big news! Solid evidence acknowledging China's export of its values: Libyan state leader and revolutionary leader Comrade Qadafi said in his televised speech that he would study China's resolute resistance to foreign powers' interference in internal affairs and spare no military force in crushing those causing unrest in order to preserve stability and national unity. This is, to date, the only time a foreign leader has publicly advocated learning from China's experience.

11 February 2011

This is Your Paradise

Earlier today, the influential liberal Chinese journalist Cheng Yizhong posted the following item to his Sina Weibo microblog. Weighing in at exactly the 140-character limit, I think it is the perfect statement, so I've translated it below:


China’s great, as long as you understand, adapt to, and make good use of the implicit rules here. And as long as you feel it’s no big deal if politics aren’t civilized, the system isn’t mature, there’s no balance of power, and the future is uncertain; if you turn a blind eye to the rule of law not being set out, the lack of justice, unfairness in society, and the disparity between rich and poor; don’t need freedom of expression, freedom of religion, freedom from poverty, or freedom from terror; and if you don’t care about resource depletion, environmental collapse, and the pollution of the air, water, and soil—well, this is your paradise.

Update (10AM): Shortly after I posted this, Cheng's post disappeared. But the re-post on my own Weibo microblog still existed long enough for me to take this screenshot:

Update (12:45PM): Cheng has responded angrily to the deletion of his earlier post. My language skills are sadly deficient in the area of delivering curses in Chinese, so I'm not going to try to translate this right now.