The rhetoric of apology in China today is nuanced and coded. Though some people seem genuinely contrite for their actions during the vigilante violence of the Cultural Revolution, they are careful not to blame the government.
Never before has such a dramatic power transfer in China unfolded in the Internet era. Making this even more dramatic is controversial news this week that a one-time popular party leader has been suspended from his posts and his wife has been arrested and charged with murder. All this is unfolding on the Internet in China.
China's propaganda ministry has long been an active controller of public messages in the Communist country. But nowadays, with greater access to the Internet and skepticism running high, the propaganda ministry is stepping up its efforts, but trying to be more unseen in what it does.
Continuing revelations from Edward Snowden are feeding the political humor mill around the world, as they also feed anger among US allies. In today's Global Scan, we find at least one leader who doesn't have to worry about US electronic eavesdropping. And we find new uses for ktichenware, from spamming to political protest.
The World's Matthew Bell finds that Chinese still remember the burning of the summer palace of China's last imperial dynasty, more than 150 years ago. It was destroyed by British and French soldiers — which may shed some light on recent Chinese government pressure on foreign news organizations.
Host Lisa Mullins talks with The World's book critic, Chris Merrill, about two Chinese novels recently out in English translations: the books are "Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out" by Mo Yan, and "Wolf Totemï¿½ by Jiang Rong.