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PRC Government Leader Zhou Yongkang Corruption Investigation

Zhou Yongkang.

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Currently listed as the #3 most viewed article on Chinese web portal NetEase…

From NetEase:

Zhou Yongkang Formally Being Investigated for Serious Disciplinary Violations [Corruption]

Xinhuanet Beijing July 29 report — In view of Zhou Yongkang being suspected of serious disciplinary violations, the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee [CCPCC] decided to launch a formal investigation against him in accordance with the relevant regulations of the “Constitution of the Communist Party of China” and “Work Regulations on Chinese Communist Party Disciplinary Inspection Organ Investigations”.

Comments from NetEase:

天涯路远0505 [网易北京市网友]:

I support the anti-corruption campaign.

网易天津市网友 网易天津市网友 ip:111.163.*.*

Resolutely support Xi Jinping! Gei li!

西门大淫 [网易广西南宁市网友]:

Support the central government.

卫y贵妃 关注 关注他的微博 卫y贵妃 [网易浙江省杭州市网友]:

Support anti-corruption efforts!

网易浙江省金华市网友 网易浙江省金华市网友 ip:123.156.*.*

I support the Party and the central government’s decision.

If these comments are suspicious, you are not the only one. Many online comments today are suspiciously absent or very similar. The same article (originally from Xinhua) on Chinese web portal Sina is the day’s most discussed article, with over 340k comment participants, more than 5x the amount of the next most popular article, and also very suspicious…

Comments from Sina:

手机用户[广东广州]

Chairman Xi and Wang Qishan are the government officials who have made the most outstanding achievements on the problem of corruption since the Reform and Opening Up. You two have not only found the rotten apples, you’ve also found the frames that hold the rotten apples! You have done well by the entire nation’s 1.3 billion masses, as well as reminding other countries that China will inevitably stand straight among the world’s nations!

作家李迪[北京]

Zhou Yongkang’s fall shows the people the determination and strength of the central government’s anti-corruption campaign/efforts. Staunchly support General-Secretary Xi’s anti-corruption efforts!

路红LH[广东江门]

Big Xi, our ordinary common people love you. We hope you and your political allies who stand with you shoulder to shoulder will persist to the end [in rooting out corruption].

手机用户[广东惠州]

Chairman Xi, Premier Li, Secretary Wang, you have worked hard [and done a good job]. Please take care of your health, as all of China’s citizens support you. We hope the anti-corruption system will continue improving.

手机用户[天津]

Support Chairman Xi! Stay strong and continue on~ and I trust our people will become even stronger~ Be tough in foreign affairs~ Persevere in anti-corruption.

By the way, currently, the #1 most viewed article on NetEase is…

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From NetEase:

CCTV Female TV Anchor Ye Yingchun’s Private Photos Exposed, Accused of Being Zhou Yongkang’s Lover

NetEase Entertainment July 30 report — Recently, in view of Zhou Yongkang being suspected of serious disciplinary violations, the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee [CCPCC] decided to launch a formal investigation against him in accordance with the relevant regulations of the “Constitution of the Communist Party of China” and “Work Regulations on Chinese Communist Party Disciplinary Inspection Organ Investigations”. Zhou Yongkang’s current wife Jia Xiaoye used to hold a position at CCTV, and married Zhou Yongkang in 2001. Jia Xiaoye’s identity has always been very mysterious, and according to rumors, none of the photos that can currently be searched for online domestically are of Jia Xiaoye herself. According to other rumors, CCTV female TV presenter Ye Yingchun is Zhou Yongkang’s secret lover.

Long ago at the beginning of the year, there were already rumors claiming that Ye Yingchun was also being investigated for suspected involvement in this [corruption] case. Ye Yingchun’s microblog was updated up to September 13 of last year, where she posted information of her hosting “Chinese Bridge” [a Confucius Institute organized Chinese language competition], with no further updates afterwards. Likewise at CCTV, it has been a long time since she has been seen there, nor has she used any channels available to her to refute the rumors about her. What more, before the Zhou Yongkang case was made public, foreign media had already described the relationship between the two, with an abundance of details, though what is true or false is difficult to discern.

Also, the second must-discussed article on Sina is about a photo of Zhou Yongkang’s son being exposed, while the third most-discussed is an infographic relationship diagram of people and matters related to Zhou Yongkang.

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Zhou Yongkang.

This news story is also currently the top trending topic on Chinese microblogging platform Sina Weibo. The “hottest” individual microblog post in the topic is…

From Sina Weibo:

@极品病人: A NetEase news section concerning Zhou Yongkang, this editor/compiler is simply incredible! http://t.cn/RPVmWpQ

The link leads to a data visualization made by financial and business news media group Caixin also featuring the various connections between Zhou Yongkang and other individuals, companies, and controversial issues.

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Comments from Sina Weibo:

独孤求助的灰木崖:

That such a complicated web of relationships was able to put in order just shows that it was already done long ago. It’s said that the editors in the media have it rough these days, having to cover up their reports after they’re done.

银色bullet:

I’ve discovered that a client I once offended is actually on that list.

无耻生命力:

I used to think the Dream of Red Chambers character relationship diagram was complicated, but it’s child’s play compared to this.

TUTUdewowo:

Please continue making the diagram, expanding from the other people involved, and we should be able to see the entire web of interests for China.

射下月亮看星星:

The editor/compiler sure put a lot of effort into it.

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Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

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