To help readers better understand what’s written in this blog, I have prepared a list of names and terms that appear in the posts which may seem alien to a Western audience. The list will be kept up-to-date.

Beijing News, a Beijing-based newspaper used to be run by the Nanfang (Southern) Media Group but was later handed over to the Beijing Daily Newspaper Group. It inherited a liberal orientation from the Southern Media Group.

Caixin Weekly, formerly known as Century Weekly, is a weekly publication run by Caixin Media. Chief Editor Ms. HU Shuli is a well respected figure in China’s journalistic circles.

CCTV, short for China Central Television. It is China’s largest state-owned television station with dozens of channels broadcasting both within China and globally.

Global Times, one of China’s most read newspapers, famous for its nationalistic, hawkish, pro-government positions. Its chief editor Mr. HU Xijin is also a personality wildly popular/hated on Weibo., a newly established Shanghai-based news website known for its pro-government, nationalist stance.

People’s Daily, the number one Party newspaper in China. In recent years, its new media strategy has attracted a lot of attention. Now the newspaper also runs a portal website, a very popular Weibo account and several WeChat accounts. Its on-line presence is quite a departure from regular party propaganda.

Southern Metropolis Daily, a daily newspaper owned by the Nanfang (Southern) Media Group based in Guangzhou. It is generally considered to be liberal leaning.

Southern Weekly, a weekly newspaper owned by the Nanfang (Southern) Media Group based in Guangzhou. It is well-known for its investigative reports.

The Paper, a digital news congromerate based in Shanghai with funding sources affiliated with the Shanghai municipal government. It is an attempt to revolutionize traditional media and spearheads a few reporting innovations. It’s content is organized in a way that resembles the Huffington Post.

The Standard, a Hong Kong-based English language newspaper.

Ta Kung Pao, a Hong Kong-based newspaper widely considered to be pro-Beijing.

WeChat, Chinese social network App created by Tencent. It is roughly a combination of WhatsApp and Facebook.

Weibo, Chinese social network site owned by It is considered the Chinese equivalent of Twitter., a Quora-like knowledge sharing site with users posing questions and other users providing in-depth answers.


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