A Little Musical Diplomacy

China is presently thundering its way into some heavily-historically-documented commemorations of the 60th anniversary of the PLA’s arrival in Tibet, while at the same time bringing the rhetorical hammer down in a headline Huanqiu op-ed unsubtly entitled “The West, Sympathizers to ‘Xinjiang Independence’ Terrorism.” ¬†As assertive nationalism and an emphasis on “social stability” (and the threats that forces external to China pose to the country’s … Continue reading A Little Musical Diplomacy

Puccini helps the Chinese Communist Party congratulate itself

Zhang Yimou is at it again, staging Puccini’s final opera “Turandot” to fill the Birds’ Nest for an October 6 show commemorating — what else — the PRC’s 60th anniversary as a state. Just in case you though that Italian opera was making the CCP soft, Shanghai Daily reports the cultural news below a photo of a paramilitary cop forcing a “terrorist” out of a … Continue reading Puccini helps the Chinese Communist Party congratulate itself