nvolved in Zhou’s Case? Another Hainan
On July 8, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central
Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) announced
that Standing Committee, Hainan vice Governor Tan Li is
under investigation for seriously violating law and discipline.
The message did not give any detail about the violations.
Tan Li is from Chong Qing with many connections to former
Politburo Standing Committee member, Zhou Yongkang.
Zhou Yongkang served as secretary of Sichuan Provincial
Committee from 1999 to the end of 2002.
Tan Li served as Chengdu Municipal Committee, Propaganda
minister, and Sichuan Guang’an municipal secretary.
Tan Li is the 15th provincial and ministerial-level
official to be sacked.
He is the second Hainan vice governor to be sacked after
Ji Wenlin, former secretary of Zhou Yongkang, was got
rid of in February.
He had more connections with Zhou Yongkang.
AFP quoted sources saying, Tan Li is restricted from leaving
This is since he was involved in Ji Wenlin and Zhou
Yongkang’s case after Ji Wenlin was sacked.
Merkel TalksAbout Human Rights And Freedom in Tsinghua
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is visiting China,
gave a speech at Tsinghua University on July 8.
Her speech raised some sensitive issues including human
rights and free dialogue which attracted global attention.
She stressed the importance of the dialogue on human rights
and the law between in Germany and China.
Merkel said she grew up in the former East Germany.
At that time, people had restricted freedom and
were being monitored.
However, the fall of the Berlin Wall enabled them to
have free dialogue.
She believes free dialogue has the same
importance in China.
AFP reported that Merkel is in stark contrast with other
visiting western leaders.
They avoid mentioning China’s human rights issues
publicly to develop trade with the govenment.
The mainland Chinese media deliberately removed her words
on human rights and freedom when they reported on it.
Chinese Media People Have New Regulations
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) strengthened control
over news reporters by releasing new regulations.
CCP media Xinhua News reported on June 30, the CCP Press
and Publication Administration issued a management order.
It covers journalists’ duty, behaviors and information.
It expects all media and journalists to sign a confidentiality
and job behavior information agreement.
This prohibits media people passing on any duty behavioral
information to domestic and foreign media and websites.
Duty behavior information is state and commercial secrets,
undisclosed information, etc. acquired from job activities
All media are prohibited from releasing state secrets in any
form including private contact and communication.
Since the CCP’s definition of state secrets is broad and vague,
people believe these are new shackles on news blackouts.
Although editing internal information may relate to the public
interest, it far away from being real state secrets.