Huanqiu Shibao: (Bo) Gu Kailai Case Completed

The Chinese and international press cover the Gu Kailai case as if there were real knowns. Maybe there are, and I just haven’t paid close attention anyway, but I seem to understand that Neil Heywood‘s remains had been cremated when the Chinese authorities suddenly found it opportune to look into the matter. It’s strange to see how this is reported as a case of murder, when a totalitarian state decides to appoint a court and to order a verdict.

Anyway, Huanqiu Shibao, in an editorial, explains that if (Bo) Gu Kailai had been an ordinary citizen, she would have received the same sentence (如果薄谷开来就是个普通人,发生同样的案子,她同样被判了死缓), that the killing of an alledged bank robber and killer, named Zhou Kehua (周克华), by Chongqing police may be a fake, that the police had been compelled to deny the rumor, and that China’s public opinion’s opening up to “freedom of speech” (in quotation marks there, too) was still a rather young story.

OK - let's get back to the South China Sea, shall we?

OK – let’s get back to the South China Sea, shall we?

Either way, it’s time to declare another victory in the run-up to the 18th National CCP Congress:

As long as the officials respond conscientiously, and stand the test of governing for the people, public opinion will react calmly. This year’s public crises have been many, public opinion had been rising and falling, but as the past six months passed, and when looking at it carefully and in detail, the authoritativeness of official information has grown. This has already become society’s expectation: that the government actively answers to important public views, and when such views are very strong, the government will make [the necessary] adjustments.

然而只要官方认真回应,为民执政经得起考验,舆论的回调实际也会悄悄发生。今年以来公共危机很多,舆论质疑此起彼伏,但大半年过去,如果我们仔细评估,官方信息的权威性还是增加了。比如社会现在已经有这样的预期:政府会对重要公众意见积极做回应,公众意见很强烈的时候,政府也会做调整。

Zhou Kehua became a topic on the Chinese internet because he had been cited as “a commoner who could be shot dead without trial”, basically.

Huanqiu Shibao:

Many things are hotly put into doubt by netizens, but in the end, what gains the trust of a majority, is still official information.

很多事情互联网上的质疑很热闹,但最终赢得多数人相信的,还是官方信息。

In short, the article suggests that officialdom should be “more self-confident”, in the face of rumors.

We encourage such self-confidence, because only when the officials are self-confident, information transparancy will be applied more naturally, and a few unnecessary misgivings won’t affect the handling of sensitive issues, there won’t be questions emerging within society because of certain aspects [or links] which then enters into tense interactions. These breakthroughs have already been achieved, and are gradually becoming the norm.

我们鼓励这种自信,是因为只有官方更自信,信息公开才会被执行得更加自然,一些不必要的顾虑才不会影响敏感事情的处理,社会才不会因为某一个环节出问题,就堕入一连串紧张的互动。这样的突破已在中国出现,它们需要连成片,逐渐成为常态。

Four “votes” via an emoticon board express shock, 26 express anger, 14 are hurt, 271 are moved, 1,240 delighted, 112 happy, 22 bored, and 598 find the editorial ridiculous.

Latest comments, too, suggest that Chinese public opinion is a beautiful garden (if no irony is meant):

When there is good freedom of speech, the sly dogs can’t hide their traces (还是言论自由好啊.让偷机摸狗无处遁形 – 18 minutes ago)

And a netizen who urged freedom of speech is replied to:

China can’t do the separation of powers yet; it would tear the country apart which would make China suffer. The former Soviet Union is an example! (中国还真不能搞三权分立,到时候权是分离了,国家就四分五裂了,那中国就惨了。前苏联就是榜样!)

The commenter thread only loads occasionally, and is apparently undergoing heavy editing.

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» How the Horse Broke itself in, March 22, 2012

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2 Comments to “Huanqiu Shibao: (Bo) Gu Kailai Case Completed”

  1. “Steal a whole country and they make you prince. Steal a fishing hook and they hang you.”

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