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What's on Weibo - What is NOT trending in China this week

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This week marks the 30th Tiananmen Anniversary, and while English-language media are collectively com
 
June 5 · Issue #44 · View online
What's on Weibo
This week marks the 30th Tiananmen Anniversary, and while English-language media are collectively commemorating the June 4th killing of pro-democracy protesters, #Tiananmen30 is definitely not trending on Chinese social media.
Different from other years on this Tiananmen anniversary, is that Chinese state media are actually mentioning Tiananmen on online channels, but use the occasion to push Party propaganda with Tiananmen as a symbol of Chinese pride instead of representing Chinese amnesia. Yesterday, for example, the State Council Information Office for the first time shared the official logo to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, containing the National Emblem with the representation of Tiananmen Gate (read more here).
What is trending this week, as the weeks before, is Huawei. Earlier today, China Post announced a new cooperation with the Chinese telecom giant. The press release triggered a wave of comments on Weibo, with commenters imagining the strategic partnership as the start of a made-in-China romance. Read here.
Another unexpected viral hit was Monday’s launch of the KAWS collection at China’s UNIQLO stores, with Chinese shoppers literally fighting each other to get their hands on the limited edition T-shirts. The footage is almost like a zombie apocalypse!
We’ve selected some of our recommended latest articles in the selection below. For this week, we’d also like to recommend an older article we did featuring Dutch musician Jeroen den Hengst, who was on Tiananmen when the student movement awakened in the late 1980s. Nearly three decades later, Den Hengst looks back on the “early days of rock” in China – before, during and after the Tiananmen protests. Read here.  
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Best,
Manya Koetse (@manyapan), editor-in-chief What’s on Weibo


Recommended Reads:
On 30th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Protests, Weibo Completely Cracks Down on the T-Word
The Fisherman's Advantange? China Post Starts Partnership with Huawei
Over a Third of China's Babies Are Delivered via C-Section - The National Health Commission Wants to Change That
Chinese Shoppers Are Going Absolutely Crazy over UNIQLO x KAWS Collection
The Early Days of Rock in China – Interview with Sinologist & Hardrocker Jeroen den Hengst The Early Days of Rock in China – Interview with Sinologist & Hardrocker Jeroen den Hengst
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