Ten New Warnings Regarding China’s Bureaucracy
In recent years, China has faced many major trials concerning security breaches and corruption. News of such events spread like wildfire on the internet. People who do bad things are finding it harder to hide. Recently, some Internet users compiled information on several well-known public events and turned them into doggerel, to poke fun at the local officials.
Recently, behind the popular Sina Microblog, Ten New Warnings of the Chinese Bureaucracy, each warning reflects those notorious events seen from public websites.
For instance, don’t talk nonsense while doing an interview; don’t smoke expensive cigarettes at a business meeting; don’t wear a luxury watch while socializing with businessmen; don’t drive a luxury car while on official business; don’t hold up an umbrella while having grass-root inspections; don’t be a copycat when writing an article; don’t Twitter through Sina Microblog while dating; don’t keep a diary while dilly-dallying with prostitutes; don’t smile when disaster strikes, and don’t be a news spokesman when unexpected events occur.
The dramatic events that have taken place in China over the past two years, have demonstrated the tremendous power of the Sina Microblog, like the Qian Yun-hui event, the Li-gang event, the Kuo Mei-mei event, and the most publicized event so far, the bullet train collision in east China’s Zhejiang Province. The authorities there were forced to quickly respond after bloggers questioned them about specific details of the collision.
Figure Blog editor, Wang Songxing: “In recent years, there are corrupt Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials, or so-called ‘government officials,’everywhere you look. Many of them busy themselves with a variety of profligate behaviors. A website is like a mirror which reflects everyone’s behavior. Everyone should think before they leap because there are so many Internet users who are concerned about everything that is happening in the world.
Scholars believe that microblogging networks are on the rise, which is like two sides of a coin. The good thing about these networks is that there is nothing to hide under the sun on the Internet. The bad thing is that the CCP still controls 500 million Internet users. However, one commentary published in the Outlook Newsweek, said that some officials have argued that many grass-roots CCP cadres still treat the highly open, interactive, involving Internet public opinion site as the traditional media. The latter would surely be defeated in the “storm” of the new media.
Chen Yong-miao, a Constitutional scholar: “Local government officials think that they can control everything. They feel most secure when they’re able to control or suppress public opinion. But they will quickly panic when they realize that public opinion on the Internet is beyond their control.
According to new statistics released by the Chinese Internet Information Office on Sept. 29, Chinese mainland Internet users have exceeded 500 million. Internet penetration rate is close to 40%. About half of Chinese Internet users share their information via social networking.
During a media interview, Outlook Newsweek citied Internet management officials as saying: “The biggest problem the current group of cadres is now facing is that they have various degrees of fear and depression when coming face-to-face with the Internet.
Chen Yong-miao, a Constitutional scholar: “I said several years ago that online media is like a virtual Tiananmen Square. The reason why Sino Microblog can play a little role in Chinese politics is mainly becauase the central government’s attempt to control over local government. As a matter of fact, Sino Microblog and other Internet medias, are like biting dogs released by the central government. Since all material and equipment is in the CCP’s hands, they can pull out your line if a big crisis occurs. They will simply shut down your Internet.”
Nanfang Daily had recently reported that the thought of “official-oriented” makes many incompetent corrupt officials sit back and relax, as long as they can hide their corruption. In fact, when controversial events occur, Internet bloggers keep searching for the truth. This is not the evasive response from the government media can cover.
NTD reporters Zhang Li Na, Huang Rong and Xue Li