Archiv für 'Politik (Inneres, KPCh)'

Swallow it like dog shit

Tuesday, 18.8.2020

He killed a party and a country’: a Chinese insider hits out at Xi Jinping (The Guardian)

Watch out! ‘Beautiful sight’ in HK is spreading across the US

Wednesday, 3.6.2020

By Hu Xijin. Quelle: Global Times.

China’s Covid-19 QR code surveillance state

Monday, 11.5.2020

By Don Weinland

In a techno-authoritarian system, it is best to carry the correct digital credentials at all times.
I discovered this the hard way last month in the back of a taxi cab in Wuhan, the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic began. Over the past two months, local authorities across China have rolled out health code systems, accessed through smartphone applications, to control the movement of people and identify those who had been diagnosed with the virus or visited areas of high infection. Sometimes it feels every transaction — even entering a park — is subject to government approval.
On my first cab ride in Wuhan, my credentials failed to pass muster, leaving me with the jarring sensation that I had somehow slipped outside the normal bounds of society. When I climbed into the car, the driver pointed to a QR code dangling from the seat in front of me. I scanned it with my smartphone but it then required a Chinese ID number to register — something that I, as an expat, do not have. I tried to talk my way past this, telling him I had just arrived from Beijing and I had that city’s QR code, but not the Wuhan version. The driver politely declined my business, explaining that the rules require each passenger to show what is known as a Wuhan “green code”.
Russia is rolling out a similar QR code system, which so far is only in Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod. But in China, the codes are now everywhere. They hang in the entryways of most restaurants, shops, malls and banks. Even Beijing’s narrow alleyway neighbourhoods, called hutongs, require them to gain entry. When you scan the code, a limited amount of personal data is accessed through your phone to prove you are a low infection risk. Some codes pull data from phone carriers to see where you have been. Others appear to confirm personal health information, such as whether you have completed a mandatory quarantine. For those who have followed the rules, a green code appears on their mobile screens. If it’s a yellow code, you should be quarantined. As for a red code, which indicates infection or travel to a high risk area, the police might be called.
While in Wuhan in April, where I was unable to access the local health codes, I sometimes had to resort to subterfuge. My code for Beijing had turned yellow once I started my trip, so in local taxis and shops I often flashed a screenshot of a green code from several days earlier. If that did not work, I pulled out paperwork that proved I had quarantined in Beijing.
In many ways, the system is awe inspiring. The ability to roll out a comprehensive screening system, in which the only needed infrastructure is a matrix barcode printed on a piece of paper, opens the possibility of rapid, sweeping social control. Yet it is also prone to glitches that can totally cut people off from society. Lack of centralisation, so far, makes it difficult to use the codes between cities. There are also long delays in the system recognising location and quarantine data.
At one point in Wuhan, I received a call from a government minder. She said several journalists’ codes had turned yellow and asked if mine had too. When I replied it had, she told me I should not leave my hotel room until it turned green, despite knowing this was a glitch. “We must adhere to the conditions of the system,” she said.
Upon returning to Beijing, and completing a coronavirus test and 14-day quarantine, the district government confirmed I had carried out the needed procedures. However, they also asked that I stay home until the system recognised these changes — which would take several days. I did not follow that request and so again found myself in digital purgatory. At a bar entrance in central Beijing, I displayed an array of codes and documents which proved I had followed all rules. Yet the code used by the establishment stated, erroneously, that I had been in Wuhan during the past 14 days. I was turned away.
In China, many of the restrictions on movement are now being lifted and life is returning to normal. But the code system still lingers in many places. The temptations of keeping such a system of control in place, or even to centralise and strengthen it, must hold a strong attraction for the Chinese government.
Quelle: Financial Times, 7.5.2020

Engineers of the Soul: Ideology in Xi Jinping’s China

Sunday, 20.1.2019

By John Garnaut. Quelle: Sinocism.

Xi warns Taiwan will face ‘punishment of history’ for separatism

Thursday, 22.3.2018

Von Philip Wen und Ben Blanchard. Quelle: Reuters.

‘Monarchy Restored’? China Set to Remove Two-Term Presidential Limit from Constitution

Saturday, 10.3.2018

Von Oiwan Lam. Quelle: Global Voices.

Verfassungsänderung in China: Xi soll unbegrenzt regieren können

Wednesday, 28.2.2018

Von Steffen Wurzel. Quelle:

A citizen ranking and blacklisting mechanism

Thursday, 25.1.2018

China’s Social Credit System puts its people under pressure to be model citizens Von Meg Jin Zeng.
Quelle: The Conversation. Teilübersetzung hier.

Central planning, local experiments

Wednesday, 27.12.2017

The complex implementation of China’s Social Credit System. Quelle: Merics.

China’s latest export is its world view

Wednesday, 22.11.2017

Von Lim Yan Liang. Quelle: Straits Times.

Kulturkampf: Wie Russland und China ihre Weltsicht verbreiten

Wednesday, 22.11.2017

Nachtrag. Von Stefan Braun. Quelle: SZ. Vgl. chinesischsprachigen Artikel der DW hier.

China’s State Media Hails New Xi Jinping Era

Monday, 20.11.2017

Von Charlotte Gao. Quelle: The Diplomat.

Legal Documents Related to the Social Credit System

Saturday, 28.10.2017

Quelle: China Law Translate

Mächtiger als Mao: Xi und der 19. Parteitag der KP Chinas

Saturday, 28.10.2017

Eine Bilanz von Volker Stanzel. Quelle: SWP.

Parteitag in China – Vorhang zu und viele Fragen offen

Friday, 27.10.2017

Von Falk Hartig. Quelle: Cicero.

Nearly as opaque as the North Korean political system

Thursday, 26.10.2017

Xi Jinping signals intent to remain in power by revealing politburo with no successor China’s president unveils his all-male cabinet, but crucially no member is young enough to take the reins from Xi at the end of his second term. Von Tom Phillips (Guardian).


Wednesday, 25.10.2017

Reorganising the Politburo Standing Committee offers a final test of the Chinese president’s power – and signals his intentions for years to come. Von Wang Xiangwei. Quelle: SCMP.

Explosion of sycophancy

Monday, 23.10.2017

Xi Jinping’s Leninist quest for a dynasty inspires congressional love-in Von Tom Phillips (Guardian).

Lebenswerte Hochtechnik-Nation

Saturday, 21.10.2017

Die Vision des Xi Jinping Der chinesische Präsident stellt seinen Dreißigjahresplan für den gezielten Aufstieg zu einer ökologischen, lebenswerten Hochtechnik-Nation vor. Von Finn Mayer-Kuckuk (FR).

How ordinary Chinese see Xi Jinping’s achievements ahead of congress

Friday, 20.10.2017

Quelle: Straits Times.

Xi Jinping heralds ‘new era’ of Chinese power at Communist party congress

Wednesday, 18.10.2017

Von Tom Phillips. Quelle: Guardian.

Xi Jinping vor dem KP-Parteitag: “Der mächtigste Mann der Welt”

Tuesday, 17.10.2017

Von Kai Strittmatter. Quelle: SZ.

Parteitreue wird oberste Pflicht für Chinas Privatunternehmen

Friday, 13.10.2017

Quelle: Merics

Ideas and ideologies competing for China’s political future

Wednesday, 11.10.2017

How online pluralism challenges official orthodoxy. PDF. Von Kristin Shi-Kupfer und Mareike Ohlberg. Quelle: Merics.

Latest Xi Jinping book gives clues on decline of Communist Party’s youth wing

Monday, 25.9.2017

Collection of president’s remarks on the once influential faction comes amid confirmation Communist Youth League’s outgoing chief has been demoted. Von Nectar Gan. Quelle: SCMP.