The National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications, a branch of China’s main media regulator, recently announced a new crackdown on pornographic online content, a measure the Global Times notes is essential for China’s “cyber development.” But “Cleaning the Web 2014” has little to do with porn, and much to do with bolstering the Party’s new media influence.
“Many people asked, If you leave this place, won’t you lose your bargaining chip? The truth is, everything we’ve said and all our energy has allowed this to spread from a student movement to a movement of all the people.”—Chen Wei-ting, one of the student leaders in the Sunflower Movement, on the agreement by protesters to vacate Taiwan’s parliament. The protesters have promised to leave after speaker Wang Jin-pyng conceded to closer oversight of trade agreements with China. Read on.
“It is my belief that I will not be doing a service to my ethnic group and my country unless I remain a scholar—a ‘clean’ one at that —and use my free time to help others and serve the public interest.”—
“After the Dalai Lama dies, those in Tibet may come to see the exiled generation as having different interests from theirs or as lacking the skills and knowledge necessary to lead the effort to settle the dispute with China.”—Robert Barnett: The Long Wait for Tibetan Freedom
“When it comes to expressing yourself freely, and worshipping as you choose, and having open access to information–we believe those are universal rights that are the birthright of every person on this planet.”—In Beijing, Michelle Obama Lauds Universal Rights
“This is not the democracy we want for China.”—Students and activists are into their third day occupying Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan in protest of the ruling Kuomintang party’s decision to pass a controversial China trade pact without the agreed-upon review. Some Chinese netizens are and Taiwanese lawmakers call the occupation a “shame.” Read on.