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Is China’s mystery blogger Xi Jinping himself?#USAToday #China #XiJinPing #Online

Virtual stairway of hope to the Chinese echelon?

UPDATE 10 Feb 2013:

Turns out the mystery blogger is a migrant worker called Zhang Hongming. See AP Exclusive: Mysterious China Blogger Comes Out

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Is China’s mystery blogger Xi Jinping himself?
By Calum MacLeod,
Source – USA TODAY, published February 7, 2013

PBEIJING – A mystery blogger who appears to have close access to the daily activities of China’s new leader may be the leader himself, China watchers say.

The blog “Study Xi Fans Group” has posted pictures of Communist Party Secretary General Xi Jinping’s trip to northwest China along with detailed updates about his busy schedule.

To Americans who are used to the flood of minutiae issued by the White House about President Obama, similar outpourings from China’s government may seem like nothing unusual, but in China, a close-up look at the leader of an organization long steeped in secrecy is a revelation all by itself. The activities of the party elite are normally reported in a carefully scripted manner, often delayed by a few days, by the state-run media.

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Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Communications, Culture, Education, Government & Policy, Influence, Internet, Media, New Leadership, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Reform, Social, Soft Power, Strategy, Tao Guang Yang Hui (韬光养晦), The Chinese Identity, USA Today, Xi Jinping

Traffic in China fuels quest for road civility [USA Today]

China came late to the global love affair with cars, yet this one-time “kingdom of bicycles” is catching up for lost time, and the consequences are painful. In August, a 60-mile, 10-day gridlock of coal trucks stuck on a highway made headlines as the “world’s longest traffic jam.”

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Traffic in China fuels quest for road civility
By Calum MacLeod
Source – USA TODAY, September 17, 2010

A worker picks up trash on the roadside of a jammed section of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou highway in Huailai, in north China's Hebei province, on Aug. 24. It was backed up for miles. By Alexander F. Yuan, AP

BEIJING — For the past month, the people of China, long used to communist campaigns that stretched from the radical to the ridiculous, have been given another task by Party Central.

“Be a civilized, polite Chinese” runs the latest slogan, spread online by government websites and splashed onto giant electronic signs above major highways.

The nation’s road network, often chaotic, always dangerous and ever more crowded, forms one of the new campaign’s six targets. “Civilized driving, harmonious travel” is the goal, pushed by the Communist Party’s Civilization Office, the same body that tried to stop spitting before the Beijing Olympics. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Automotive, Beijing OIympics, Chinese Model, Culture, Domestic Growth, Economics, Influence, International Relations, Lifestyle, People, Population, Transport, USA Today

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