Some Chinese netizens were “invited for tea” by the police (come to the investigation station or warn them) after they searched for the image “Liangjiahe dumplings” on Baidu. Police said they were looking for “reactionary content.”

Ahead of the 20th National Congress of the CCP, the regime has further stepped up cybersurveillance. Recently, some mainland netizens searched for “Liangjiahe dumplings” on Baidu and sent relatives and friends a picture to compare Xi Jinping and the queen of England via WeChat. then they were summoned by the police. Observers point out that the public opinion environment in mainland China has become increasingly tight in recent years, so Internet technology companies have cooperated with the government to censor statements of citizens, leading to constant public self-censorship.

The Twitter nickname “Teacher Li is not your teacher” revealed that recently, a mainland netizen used Baidu to search for images of “Liangjiahe dumplings” and sent a screenshot to a friend. blogger “Disgrace” (only those who specialize in insulting Xi) abroad, then this netizen was summoned by the police, with the excuse of “searching for reactionary content on Baidu”.

This netizen revealed to friends that he used a firewall bypass tool when searching for “Liangjiahe dumplings” on Baidu, but couldn’t delete Cookies on his browser, so Baidu tracked down to find out his IP, thus knowing his true identity.

On Saturday, September 24, the nickname “Teacher Li is not your teacher” also revealed on Twitter that recently, another mainland netizen used WeChat to send a picture comparing Xi Jinping and queen to a friend, who was then summoned by the police. The police showed him an excel sheet, which included the content sent by his WeChat, his mobile number, and the mobile number of a relative. During the police summons, netizens accidentally saw another police document that read “Pooh Bear” as “an allusion to Xi Jinping.”

The person who leaked this information – “Teacher Li is not your teacher,” currently lives abroad. He has a bit of a reputation for his interest in social and public issues in the mainland.

“Teacher Li is not your teacher” said in an interview with RFA that Baidu then added “Liangjiahe dumplings” to the list of blocked words. Before that, when searching for “Liangjiahe dumplings” on Baidu, he could find some images, he wasn’t sure if it was for technical reasons or someone inside Baidu intentionally left a back door. “Teacher Li is not your teacher” alludes to the fact that, in general, the list of “sensitive words” on China’s Baidu and the internet has increased in recent years, indicating a changing public opinion environment is worsening. Under pressure from the Chinese regime, the public is constantly self-censoring.

He said, “Baidu’s range of sensitive words is constantly expanding, it’s not just political censorship, it’s cultural mutilation.” The most serious thing about this the self-censorship is people are being cautious; they don’t know what they are allowed to say, so they don’t dare say anything, I think this is a sad thing and this could be an effect the government wants.

 Xi Jinping was once a young intellectual, he previously lived for seven years in Liangjiahe, Shaanxi Province (Shanxi). After he became general secretary, he went to Qingfeng, Beijing (Beijing) in 2013 to line up with ordinary people to buy dumplings, showing his approach to the people. As a result, Liangjiahe and Qingfeng dumplings later became Xi Jinping’s other names online.

“Teacher Li is not your teacher” points out that as the Chinese government raises the wall of censorship even higher, many new generations of the Internet have chosen to fight. They have invented many ways to avoid censorship, and there are hundreds of nicknames for Xi Jinping; moreover, they are constantly building and promoting tools to circumvent the firewall. In contrast, China’s Internet giants are willing to act as accomplices to Chinese government censorship.

RFA’s reporter checked and found that now entering this phrase into Baidu, no images are displayed anymore.

In July, California-based China Digital Times compiled a 143-page document about China’s Xiaohongshu Censorship Authority, from February 21, 2020, to May 6 of this year. Five hundred and forty-six sensitive words have been added, when monitoring public opinion related to Xi and the Times summed up all sensitive words related to Xi on Xiaohongshu with over 35,000 words. This includes Xi homonyms, as well as “Xi Dumplings,” “Great Splashing Money,” “Pooh Bear,” “Legal Heir to Tiananmen,” “Nobility Liang Jiahe.”

Active YouTube blogger “Voice of Surfing” said in an interview with RFA that popular mainland websites Zhihu and Douban have recently further stepped up their censorship of speech. “Voice of Surfing” said that this shows that platforms in China are under the control of the authorities and that all negative content aimed at “one person” will be kept stable.

“Voice of Surfing” reported that the person who sent Baidu searchable “disgraceful” screenshots to an anti-CCP blogger is being ‘invited for tea’ by the internet police. This incident reminds me of the internet Q&A platform Zhihu in early September, a watermark containing user information was added to its interface; Before that, Douban and other platforms were shown to insert hidden text watermarks. All platforms where netizens communicate and express their opinions are under the supervision of “one person”, and they try to control the information source of all negative events, making for people to dare not express dissent, in order to achieve the goal of maintaining stability.

“Surfing Voice” condemns internet companies like Baidu for operating as an online censorship tool by the Chinese regime. She also reminded netizens that there is no privacy on China’s domestic online platforms.

“Voice of Surfing” said that Baidu’s behavior as an online censorship tool by the CCP is not an exception. All internet platforms in China are part of the Chinese regime’s censorship system and they will monitor the words and actions of all users for national security reasons. On platforms in China, user personal information is not completely secure. There are no independent internet companies in China, only the Party commands the barrel.

It is reported that in mainland China, netizens’ search records are kept for a long time. Experts say that when mainland netizens search for “sensitive words” on Baidu, they must use Tor software to anonymize information, use anonymous web browsers, and absolutely not use the China browser.

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