Can China Create a “Small Government, Big Society”?

| February 3rd, 2013

The ushering in of China’s new President Xi Jinping later this year has caused a lot of discussion about what the future holds for China’s economic and political system. A string of recent issues have highlighted problems caused by corruption, rising inequity between cities and countryside, distrust of the government, and questions about how long 8-10% growth rates can continue. In 2011, in Wukan, Guangdong province, citizens revolted, kicking the local government out of town, over a disputed land deal. […]Read more…

Government official fired, all because of a smile…

| September 23rd, 2012

From Weibo and other sources:

The “8·26” serious traffic accident in Yan’an, Shaanxi caused 36 deaths and 3 injuries. A picture of Yang Dacai, chief of Shaanxi Administration of Work Safety, smiling on the spot triggered heated discussion. Some netizens utilized “human flesh search engine” and uploaded more pictures of Yang online. Many a netizens claimed that he wore luxury watches like Rolex, TAG Heuer and Rado. Yang Dacai was caught in a wave of questioning.

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Photoshopped photo appears on Hangzhou Yuhang district government website

| May 19th, 2012

From Sina:

Recently, Netizens found another “floating photo” (photoshopped photo) on Zhenjiang province, Hangzhou City, Yuhang district government official website.  In this photo which describes, “Nanhu beach park’s landscape optimization project has been completed”, five men were obviously Photoshopped into the background.  Netizens made fun: “leaders are surely not ordinary people”, they “operate like gods.”

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Son of official disfigured 16-year-old girl after being rejected

| February 26th, 2012

 

(From Jinghua.com) On Feb 24th, an weibo entry accusing son of an official set a girl on fire with lighter fluid after being turned down went viral in the Internet. According to  “安徽呱蛋合肥” who made the post, the accident happened on Sept 17th, 2011. 17-year-old boy Tao Rukun (陶汝坤), whose father is a government official in the Audit Office of Hefei City, forced into 16-year-old girl Zhou Yan’s(周岩) house, and poured lighter fluid over Zhou Yan’s head then lit it […]Read more…

Government cadre’s infamous speech on the siege of Wukan village

| December 21st, 2011

The anti-corruption movement in a small fishing village Wukan(乌坎村) in Shanwei City, Guangdong Province has triggered international attention including that from nytimes, WSJ among many others.

Today an internal speech given by Zheng Yanxiong (郑雁雄), municipal secretary of Shanwei City, went viral on sina weibo and all kinds mainstream websites in mainland, only to be pulled off almost immediately by censorship due to the political sensitivity in the speech. Why? What did he say?

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Government employee accused of starving mother to death

| December 3rd, 2011

(From Netease and GZ Daily) A post titled “Wuping County government employee starves 90some years old mother to death” made a huge stir on the Internet on Dec 1st. The post claimed that the granny’s son Zhong, being an government cadre, starved his mother to death due to family arguments. The post also came with a video taken 2 months ago showing a literally bony granny lying on a bamboo mat, pale and weak. Party discipline supervision department opened […]Read more…

Man hides in next room while wife being abused and raped for 1 hour

| November 8th, 2011

(From ifeng) In a small rental apartment in Bao’an District, Shenzhen, 29-year-old Wang Juan lies on the bed staring at the ceiling, she looks pale and trembling. Suddenly she sits up, puts her hands in the air and waves frantically and starts crying.  For the past half month, she couldn’t eat or drink regularly and attempted suicide several times. She has gone delirious after what happened on Oct 23rd night. She couldn’t decide which man did more harm to her […]Read more…

Government employee kept 6 sex slaves in self-built dungeon, 2 killed

| September 24th, 2011

34-year-old former fire fighter Li Hao (李浩) was a contract employee of Luoyang Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision. He would have been remembered as hard working and easy-going by his colleagues if not for the uncovering of his secret dungeon where he kept 6 sex slaves and murdered 2 of them with the help of other victims who, shortly after being rescued were arrested for assisting Li Hao murdered and buried the bodies.

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Government official aims to sleep with 1000 women and keeps track in a journal

| September 7th, 2011

From Chinanews:

The former deputy secretary-general of Jiangxi provincial government Wu Zhiming was arrested on his bed with two of his mistresses. Along with his arrest, a few condoms, Viagra and two journal books titled "Pleasure diary". The first diary records the personal information of the 136 mistresses he had and the frequency, location, feeling, degree of satisfaction of the sex they had. On the second diary, each page was attached with one pubic hair from the women he slept with. […]Read more…

Naked Government

| March 16th, 2010

From qianlong:

 

Baimiao village government in Bazhong City, Sichuan Province publicized all of its expenses in detailed records in January of this year, including “spending 1.5 yuan buying stationary” and the cost of purchasing cigarettes and alcohol for accommodating and entertaining their superior officers. Thus the netizens called it “the first case of naked government”.

Just 3 days, this news attracted over 300,000 netizen’s attentions, it really shows how hopeful the Chinese people are for a “naked government”. Although a small number […]Read more…

Sudden Death of a Woman After Checked into a Hotel with Chief Official

| July 26th, 2009

Lu Jun (吕军) is number one ranked official at Hunan province Hengdong county Water and Power department serving as the department chief. On July 15 after noon, Lu and a female worker of Industry and Commerce department of the same county checked into a hotel. When the woman walked out of the hotel, she suddenly fell to the ground and died. Right now Lu has been suspended and is under investigation.

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Former CEO of Beijing Capital Int’l Airport Group Receives Death Penalty for Acceptance of Bribes

| February 11th, 2009

From Sohu

Xinhua news agency telegrams on Feb. 10th, Shan Dong (山东) province Jinan (济南) intermediate people’s court has reached verdict on former CEO of Beijing Capital Int’l Airport Group Li, Peiying (李培英)’s case.  The court declared the defendant guilty of accepting bribes, sentenced him death penalty, and be deprived of political rights for life, confiscate all personal possessions; also guilty of embezzlement, sentenced death penalty with sentence suspended for two years, deprived of political rights for life, confiscate all personal […]Read more…