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Monthly Archives: July 2007

We’ve got Phoenix

During a conversation in Beijing one night, I said: “Have you heard what the foreign media are saying… that X has happened?” I can’t remember what X was - it doesn’t matter. The other person said, “That’s not possible. If that had happened, we’d know. Things aren’t like they used to be. The media isn’t […]

Song Pingshun expelled from Party

I had a day off news on Thursday, so I didn’t notice that the mainland media had finally reported the suicide (or…?) of Tianjin CPPCC chairman Song Pingshun - only a month late. Overseas media had already been given this information the week he died, though there seemed to be some disagreement about how and […]