Digest: April 21-28, 2021

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Issue: 2021/09

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  1. The CCP is Retooling its Censorship System at a Brisk Pace in 2021 (Angeli Datt and Sarah Cook)

    The regime is determined to baton down public opinion ahead of the CCP’s 100th anniversary in July and the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing…observers in the coming months should watch for the following:

    • Additional restrictions and penalties related to the discussion of history, with a likely crackdown around the July anniversary;

    • Reports of enforcement of the new rules and codes of conduct, including journalists losing accreditation over their social media posts, celebrities facing bans, “self-media” account suspensions, and disciplinary action against party cadres for public expressions of dissent;

    • Smooth adoption, with little debate, of the draft rules on radio, television, and internet services; and

    • New rules and regulations for other avenues of relatively free expression, such as podcasts or voice-based apps built on the Clubhouse model.

  2. The CCP’s massive left turn and the post-Xi political landscape of China (Lance Gore):

    China’s future direction is [far] from set in stone. Treating China as a rising communist threat, as the West is increasingly doing, may lock it onto a path towards that destiny in a self-fulfilling prophecy. This may lead to a new Cold War, prematurely and unnecessarily. However powerful the party-state is and however hard it attempts to shape socioeconomic changes, it will not be able to turn the tide. A “peaceful evolution” may be inevitable, even if it is not in the exact shape the West hopes for.

    The biggest threat to this scenario, however, is the inability of liberal democracies to resolve the pressing governance problems of their own. This inability will turn off future Chinese leaders and vindicate their practice of continuing to embrace the old orthodoxy by default. After all, the current system serves their personal interests well.

  3. Securing China’s Northwest Frontier: A Conversation with David Tobin (Darren Byler And David Tobin)

    scholars who publicly engage are pushed into choosing between non–mutually exclusive, politically constructed signifiers (‘counterterrorism’ or ‘reeducation’ or ‘modernisation’ or ‘genocide’). All of these things are happening at once and focusing on these terms by themselves shapes and limits knowledge of identity dynamics and marginalised voices that cannot be reduced to single signifiers. Many of the recent terminological debates’ indifference to Uyghur and other Indigenous perspectives remind them they are alone and reflect what Yi Xiaocuo termed ‘perpetual silence’. One diaspora interviewee who has publicly campaigned to speak with separated family members explained to me with tears in their eyes: ‘While the world debates a f***ing word, we are dying.’

  4. 疫情下中澳关系的发展及前景 (郭春梅):

    澳总理莫里森曾强调其外交战略在于“在不确定的世界塑造确定性”,但却显然忽略了毫无原则与底线地针对自己最大的贸易伙伴、地区的重要成员,恰恰是给澳乃至地区增添了更多不确定性,乃至风险。一旦美国、中国乃至地区国家均视澳大利亚“倚美制华”为理所当然,在动荡的时代澳大利亚的战略价值、谈判筹码势将随之最小化,遑论其以安全与发展为内核的国家利益。


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