How dictatorships work - Freelance writers Qin Liwen and Marcel Grzanna discuss Chinese government's authoritarian policies and strategies and put it into perspective with their own real-life-experiences
#23 "Crimes against humanity" – A Xinjiang report that resonates on multiple levels
28:28The UN believes the victims of human rights violations more than Beijing's threadbare explanations. Thisfact will deepen the cleavage lines in international institutions. And it assures China's nationalists that they're on the right track with pushing social decoupling from the West.
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#22 A political power game - Emperor Xi ist exercising his will whilst tens of millions are locked up in their houses
32:58Lockdowns in Shanghai and other Chinese cities are apparently intended to combat the corona virus. But the main question is whether President Xi is powerful enough to become president for life. For that purpose nothing else matters. Not even more and more raging foreigners willing to leave the country.
#21 New World Order - Why Chinese censorship only applies one way
46:22The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a welcome opportunity for China's domestic propaganda to tell a story of a needled Russian regime. For that purpose it even accepts flooding of it's scoial media platforms with fake news.
#20 The Games must go on - How CCP pulls athletes through the arena at five rings
46:17For the Chinese government the Beijing Winter Olympics are less about sports. The event is a stage to demonstrate the superiority of its authoritarian political system. The IOC passionately helps to cover up all the dirt.
#19 Power, sex and punishment - What happens next with tennis star Peng Shuai?
38:08A former Wimbledon champion goes missing in China after disclosing accusations of sexual coercion by former high-ranking party official Zhang Gaoli. The case displays the country's leadership's disdain of #MeToo. What will happen to Peng Shuai after the Beijing Olympics?
#18 Authoritarian self-disassembly - Has China's rise already come to an end?
38:25Tech-companies, fan culture, online gaming - for the Chinese government evil for society and threat to its power monopoly is couching everywhere. Instead of providing little spaces for society to breathe, Beijing prefers to opt for radical bans. The autocrats just never learned integrative politics. How long should this work?
#17 Lying flat - A relaxing concept that stresses Chinese censors
43:20More and more Chinese youngsters prefer chill time to working hours. They are fed up with a system that demands them to totally submit their personal desires to a company that doesn't care for them. The government though sees another threat for its power monopoly. Although lying flat could support the plan to spur the birth ratio.