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Chinese journalist decries media blackout on Algeria awarding Chairman Mao a posthumous prize [translation and netizen reactions]

(From Sina Weibo, the most popular micro blogging service in China)

(Published 2012-12-30 10:30 by Sina Weibo user “Xinhua New’s Agency’s Zhu Jidong” (新华社朱继东), who has 12,643 followers. This post has been forwarded 1,034 times and has 313 comments.)

What is so embarrassing about Chairman Mao and Premier Zhou being awarded a prize that few media outlets have reported on it?

The Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and the Algerian embassy in China held the “Contribution to Algerian Independence Award” award ceremony on December 26, giving awards to Chairman Mao Zedong and Premier Zhou Enlai, both of whom passed away 36 years ago. This is of course a good thing that should have been reported widely, but it didn’t receive much coverage except for one CCTV news report that was broadcast at 10.00 pm when there aren’t many viewers. Is this because someone did not allow coverage of this event, or is it because reporters were afraid to cover it because of something?

 新华社朱继东:【媒体极少报道毛主席周总理获大奖消息有何难言之隐】中国人民对外好协和阿尔及利亚驻华使馆26日在京举办“阿尔及利亚独立贡献奖”颁奖仪式,向已辞世36年的毛泽东主席和周恩来总理颁奖。本是件应大说特报的好事,但除央视在观众不多的22时的晚间新闻播出一次,其他媒体很少报道,是谁不让报还是怕啥?

Screenshots from a China Central Television broadcast of the "Contribution to Algerian Independence Award" award ceremony held in Beijing on December 26. Mao Zedong and former Chinese premier Zhou Enlai were given posthumous awards, which were received by their family members.

Screenshots from a China Central Television broadcast of the “Contribution to Algerian Independence Award” award ceremony held in Beijing on December 26. Mao Zedong and former Chinese premier Zhou Enlai were given posthumous awards, which were received by their family members.

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Constant effort brings success 823: China today has the following fears: first, a fear of Mao Zedong Thought; second, a fear of the persistence of adherence to the Party’s goals; third, a fear of the persistence of the socialist system of public ownership; fourth, a fear of the people becoming their own masters; fifth, a fear of the free airing of opinions, of big-character posters and of mass debate. In short, China today is afraid that the sunlight of Mao Zedong Thought will shine on the country. (Published 2013-01-03 10:30)

水滴石穿823:当今中国有几怕:一怕毛泽东思想;二怕坚持党的宗旨;三怕坚持公有制的社会主义制度;四怕人民当家做主;五怕大鸣大放, 大字报大辩论。一句话:怕毛泽东思想的阳光普照中国大地。 (1月3日 21:30)

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The tiger still returns: That they are afraid is a certainty. Why they are so afraid is the question that merits exploration. (Published 2012-12-31 09:20)

老虎依旧归来:他们怕那是肯定的了,就是他们为啥这样怕,这就值得探讨了。 (2012-12-31 09:20)

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Playing the sound of triumph in 2013: There was no need to be afraid since reporting on it was banned. This is because “Mao Zedong” is an outdated topic. It seems that playing the same old tune doesn’t exactly conform to authorities’ current strategy of “keeping up with the times.” (Published 2012-12-31 08:48)

凯歌奏响2013:既没有不让报,也用不着怕啥,因为“毛泽东”本就是一个过时的话题,老调重弹似乎不太符合当局目前的“与时俱进”的战略 (2012-12-31 08:48)

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Cop has arrived: They are afraid Chairman Mao will be resurrected in the hearts of the people! (Published 2012-12-31 00:45)

cop来了:怕毛主席在越来越多的老百姓心中复活! (2012-12-31 00:45)

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Brother’s kindness is a conjecture: Mao Zedong will seek out the persons in charge of the mainstream media for a chat over tea. The three characters 毛泽东 [Mao Zedong] are enough to frighten all media chiefs to death. Of course, there’s also the head of the Central Publicity Department. (Published 2012-12-30 12:37)

[Trans.: The Central Publicity Department is an internal division of the Chinese Communist Party that enforces media control in China.]

哥的恩个猜想:毛泽东要找主流媒体负责人谈话喝茶了。毛泽东三个字,足以吓死所有媒体负责人。当然还有中宣部的头头。 (2012-12-30 12:37)

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[Trans.: Global Net wrote a short article about the award, which was published 2012-12-28 10:38, and has 118 comments. Below is a selection of those comments.]

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Chen Ziqing [Netizen from Xingtai, Hebei]: Awesome! (4 likes)

陈子卿[环球河北省邢台市网友]:给力。支持[4]

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eatyeat [Netizen from Baoshan, Shanghai]: There are a several billion people who adore Mao Zedong. He didn’t give us any money, but he gave us a happy life. Look, Deng Xiaoping gave us lots of money, but people are now fleeing to go overseas. The money he gave helps the forces of evil. Greedy officials engage in corrupt practices without regard for how many people they harm. Long live Mao Zedong Thought!!! (157 likes)

eatyat[环球上海市宝山区网友] 有几十亿人热爱毛主席他沒有给我们多少钱他给了我们幸福生活,看看现在邓小平给了这帮牛鬼蛇神滿屋的钱却都逃到国外,贪官贪了再想贪不知害了多少人,毛泽东思想万岁!!! 支持[157]

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Zero view of the world [Netizen from Hefei University of Technology]: I remember that there is a saying in American military circles that goes “Do not be afraid of China’s military modernizing, but be afraid of China’s military adopting Mao Zedong Thought”. I have to say that the older generation of revolutionaries was audacious in its handling of matters involving the security interests of the nation. (262 likes)

[Trans.: Leftists (“The New Left”) in China often criticize the government for its supposed support of capitalism and for allegedly not defending the national interests of China against Japan, the US and other Western countries.]

零观天下[环球合肥工业大学网友]:记得美国军界有一句话,不怕中国军队现代化,就怕中国军队毛泽东化 …不得不说,老一辈革命家在处理关乎国家安危利益时确实有魄力。支持[262]

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xmy38700 [Netizen from Zhangjiakou, Hebei]: Deng Ping whatever assigned Chairman Mao an accomplishment rating of 70 percent. That rating is a rating that is only appropriate for him. His disciples and followers are also trying by any means necessary to obliterate Chairman Mao’s achievements, but the people will not agree. (95 likes)

xmy38700[环球河北省张家口市网友]: 邓凭什么给毛主席三七开,那只能代表他自己,他的徒子徒孙也在千方百计抹杀毛主席的功绩,可百姓不答应。支持[95]

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Indignation and Justice [Netizen from Changsha, Hunan]: A little late is always better than never. (16 likes)

愤怒与正义[环球湖南省长沙市网友]:迟了点,总比没有好。支持[16]

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Chinese citizens evacuated from the Central African Republic

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Rebels in the Central African Republic, who are seeking to overthrow the government, have advanced closer to the capital of Bangui. Image from scrapetv.com

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China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference December 31 at which she announced that Chinese citizens were being evacuated from the Central African Republic. Image from gov.cn

(From Sina Weibo, the most popular micro blogging service in China)

(Published by Little One Who Is Well-Informed In Foreign Affairs (外交小灵通), who has 3,636,152 followers. This particular post has been forwarded 379 times and has 83 comments)

When the situation in the Central African Republic started worsening, our embassy in the country immediately started providing 24-hour emergency services, helping and organizing for Chinese citizens to leave on a voluntary basis.

From December 27, citizens were evacuated safely and in an orderly manner through commercial flights or chartered flights to Cameroon, Congo Bissau, Sudan, Angola, other nearby countries or back to China.

As of December 31 at 2:00 pm, 239 of the 303 Chinese citizens who were previously in the Central African Republic (not including embassy personnel) had been evacuated.

[Rebels in the Central African Republic have taken over several towns in the country, saying that they want to depose President Bozize for not releasing political prisoners and not paying fighters who were disarmed after Bozize successfully lead a coup in 2003.]

[There was considerable confusion on Chinese micro blogs when news about the rebellion broke out because the Chinese characters for the Central African Republic (中非) are the same as the Chinese characters for China-Africa (中非)]

自中非局势恶化以来,我驻中非使领馆立即启动24小时应急值守,本着自愿原则,组织协调中方人员撤离。自 12月27日起,通过商业航班、包机安全有序撤往喀麦隆、刚果(布)、苏丹、安哥拉等周边国家,或返回国内。截止北京时间31日下午2时,中非303名中国公民(不含使馆人员)中239名人员已撤离。

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Snow from Ailao Mountain: What happened to China-Africa?? (Published 2012-12-31 15:11)

哀牢山的雪:中非怎么了?? (2012-12-31 15:11)

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Purple Smoke: What? What situation worsened? What exactly happened? (Published 2012-12-31 15:20)

紫玉生:啊?怎么恶化了?具体咋回事? (2012-12-31 15:20)

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A miracle has arrived: China-Africa? When you say something, you should say it clearly! Don’t mislead the people! (Published 2012-12-31 16:01)

奇迹到了:中非?!说话要说清楚!别误导国民! (2012-12-31 16:01)

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Ronnie is a bad person: I only realized it’s a country after reading everyone’s comments. Please be careful with your writing dear. (Published 2012-12-31 16:02)

Ronnie是坏人:看了诸位的评论才知道原来是个国家,求严谨亲 (2012-12-31 16:02)

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I Want Law Net: Why would you go to these countries? Come back to the Celestial Empire where we wave high the paltry flags of competing on the basis of parental wealth/power/connections, giving bribes, toeing the Party line and having sex. Learn from corrupt officials and unscrupulous businesspeople; try to make a profit as much as possible. All generations of those who previously emigrated to the moribund West and those officials and businesspeople who hid themselves there should join together and dedicate themselves to saving the backward peoples in these regions and to bringing about mankind’s emancipation through moving forward on the correct path towards Communism. (Published 2012-12-31 15:49)

我要法网:去这些国家干吗,回到天朝咱们一起高举拼爹、行贿、站队、上床的渺小旗帜,象贪官奸商们学习,多多赚钱,早日移民垂死的欧美各国,与前期潜伏在那的官商一代二代们会合,为解救这些落后地区人民,为实现人类解放走向共产主义正道作出贡献。 (2012-12-31 15:49)

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