Katy Perry may have been banned from China’s music websites, but her “Teenage Dream” now has its Asian counterpart. Newly confirmed in office, President Xi Jinping, has chosen “Chinese Dream” as his signature phrase to describe the direction of his administration.
Liu Qibao, head of the Communist Party of China’s publicity department, told the state press to stay “innovative” and “improve” reporting styles to make stories more palatable to the public, Xinhua News Agency said.
This week’s meeting in Beijing of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, which will inaugurate a new slate of leaders, has not exactly brought a golden dawn of free expression. In addition to cracking down on all forms of media, China’s creatively paranoid security forces are on the lookout for threats such as taxi passengers carrying pingpong balls that they might slip through windows to deliver subversive messages.
Analysts including Columbia University’s Andrew Nathan, the Brookings Institution’s Kenneth Lieberthal and University of Sydney’s Kerry Brown comment on China’s decision to expel former Politburo member Bo Xilai from the Communist Party.
If you’re looking for insight into the Chinese Communist Party as it undergoes a once-per-decade leadership transition over the next week, slip into the back seat of a Beijing taxi and try to roll down the windows.