The following is our quick roundup of several key stories in the Chinese media this week. On the policy side, the story to watch most closely is that last in our lineup — language in the share prospectus of Chinese mobile content provider Qutoutiao, which listed on Nasdaq last week, saying the company may offer “shares with special rights” to a state-owned Chinese media firm in order to assist with its application for an “Internet news license.”
Another big story this week was the accusation by state media that police in Stockholm, Sweden, treated three Chinese tourists cruelly by refusing to let them remain in a hotel many hours ahead of their scheduled booking. Cue online rage — and some skepticism too.
THIS WEEK IN CHINA’S MEDIA
September 15 to September 21, 2018
➢ Party Media Do Intensive Coverage of Taiwan Spy Case, Keeping Close to Official Line
➢ Film Director Reveals Problem of Falsified Ratings, National Radio and Television Administration Launches Investigation
➢ Chinese Tourists in Sweden Claim Police Abuse, Opinions in China Deeply Divided Over the Issue
➢ The Chinese Economists 50 Forum Opens in Beijing, Discussion of Public Versus Private Sector Role in Economy a Focus
 Party Media Do Intensive Reporting on Taiwan Spy Case
On September 15, the official nightly news program Xinwen Lianbo (新闻联播) reported that China had uncovered a major Taiwanese spy operation in 2018. The “Focus” news program on China Central Television ran a two-part special program called “Wei Qing Die Ying” (危情谍影) over two consecutive days, introducing what it characterized as several “representative examples” of breakthroughs into alleged Taiwanese espionage operations. According to official news reports, Taipei had sought to lure mainland Chinese students in Taiwan into taking part in spying activities.
For this sensitive story, the only sources available inside China were official state media sources, and reports showed little or no variation in facts and details. Experts commenting on the coverage outside China said the case reflected growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Key Chinese Sources:
China Central Television, “News Probe” (央视《新闻联播》): “2018-雷霆”专项行动：破获百余起台湾间谍案件
China Central Television, “Focus” (央视《焦点访谈》): 20180915 危情谍影（上）
WeChat Public Account “Zheng Zhidao” (微信公众号“政知道”): 这次披露的台湾间谍案，和之前有何不同？
Hunan Daily (海南日报): 海南公布两起台湾间谍案：旅行社司机兼职拍摄三亚某军用机杨
Global Times (环球时报): 社评：高度警惕台湾间谍诱骗大陆学生
Xinhua Online (新华网): 国台办发言人：台湾有关方面应立即停止针对祖国大陆的情报破坏活动
 Film Director Reveals Problem of Falsified Ratings, National Radio and Television Administration Launches Investigation