Xi JinpingCaricature Publishedby State-run Media
On February 19, a cartoon depiction of President XiJinping outfitted in a grey jacket and a pair of blue trouserstriggered widespread discussion of new attitudesabout publicizing China’s top leadership. The infographic,published by qianlong.com, a news portal administered bythe publicity department of the Beijing Municipal Committeeof the Communist Party of China (CPC), chronicledXi’s major moves since he took office as general secretaryof the CPC Central Committee in November 2012.Adored by many netizens, the cartoon made headlines onmajor websites and went viral on microblogs soon afterit was released. “The infographic, which was publishedthe day after Xinhua ran a lengthy article detailing Mr.Xi’s activities, appears to be part of a continuing effort bythe government to present a lighter image of the Chineseleadership,” a New York Times blogger commented thatday. Since taking office, President Xi has strived to stay intouch with the Chinese public.
Russian Spiderman Shanghai
Recently, two Russian climbing enthusiasts,Vadim Makhorov and Vitaly Raskalov, claimedto have conquered the unfinished Shanghai Tower,providing both video and photo evidence online: abird’s eye view of Shanghai from atop the 650-meter structure. The pair previously receivedmajor public attention upon successfully reachingthe summit of the Pyramid of Khufu in Egyptlast March. For their follow-up, the duo evadedguards and made their way to the top of China’stallest building without safety gear and accomplishedtheir ultimate mission – to peer down andtake pictures from the acme. Commentators evenstarted to wonder if the pair is going to commercializetheir newly internationalized careers.
“The tragedy of the Nov. 22 Qingdao oil blast should never happen again. No experience gained atthe cost of life will be tolerated.”
— Huang Yi, spokesman for the State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) addressing the 2014work safety scope on February 18. The explosion ripped through residential and commercial roads in theHuangdao district of Qingdao, Shandong Province, on November 22, 2013, leaving 62 dead, 136 injuredand direct economic losses of 750 million yuan ($122.7 million).