Thursday, March 28, 2013

Jiang Jiemin Appointed SASAC Head - Related Weibo Censorship

On March 25, 2013, the official news agency Xinhua published an article entitled "Veteran Oilman Moves to Tend State Assets." An excerpt:
Jiang Jiemin, former board chairman of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), has been appointed head of the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC), the commission announced on Monday.
Jiang resigned from the country's largest oil and gas company earlier this month after former SASAC leader Wang Yong was promoted to China's cabinet.
These screenshots show that a search for "Jiang Jiemin Shuanggui" (蒋洁敏 双规) on Sina Weibo on March 24 returned 18 results. The same search on March 26 returned no results, just a notice saying Sina could not find any results.

This screenshot, taken on March 26, shows that a search for "Jiang Jiemin" on Tencent Weibo returned no results, just a censorship notice.

"Shuangui" is sometimes translated as "dual regulation" or "dual designation," and refers to a form of extra-judicial detention whereby someone is ordered by Communist Party investigators to remain at specific location for a specific time.