"Aftonbladet's leader board is the independent social democrat."
"BEIJING spring is in The air and the magnolia has ruled out. Mausoleum on tiananmen square with the Mao Zedong embalmed body, however, is closed. The remains are of a conservator for oiling, we are told. Outside the national museum has a group of young communists gathered. They take selfies with the hammer and sickle, laughing loudly and waving merrily to some förbimarscherande young men in a strict costume. They get a smile back. Everywhere is order and calm, the atmosphere is not in any way intimidating."
"the national museum follows the communist party's official history. From an exhibition on peking man, a förmänniska of the species homo erectus to have lived in the area for 400 000 years ago, to China lands on the moon. The main exhibition is "
"the Communist party is based"
"Västmakternas colonial war against China in the 1800s as well as the conflict with Japan depicted in all its savagery. The communist party's founding in 1921 described as the turning point, a "
"Parts of the story have been twisted. It "
"Sweden acknowledged as the first western country Folkrepliken already in 1950, the next year is the 70 anniversary. Since then, the atmosphere is usually been good but nowadays there are a lot of gravel in the machinery. Last week the communist party newspaper the People's Daily an editorial with harsh words against Sweden because the Swedish migration board has given refugee status to the ethnic group uighurs, a muslim people who live in Xinjangprovinsen in the northwest of China. Uighurs face the risk of arbitrary arrest and placed in re-education camps, according to the Swedish migration board. It is grounds for asylum."
"An even bigger problem in the relationship between the countries is that China has caught the attention of the Swedish citizen, Gui Minhai. He managed a bookstore in Hong kong that gave out books with unfavorable details about the life of the chinese elite and stands accused of various - possibly fictional - crime. China refuses at present to let the Swedish embassy even get to meet him. Deal Gui Minhai has also had domestic political consequences in Sweden, because the former ambassador in Beijing, Anna Lindstedt, right now being investigated by Police in a strange tangle in which she is accused of having exceeded its powers in the negotiations with China. "
"It's a little obscure to Beijing with its recognized skilled intelligence does not seem to understand how much the issue if the Gui Minhai will affect the relationship if he is not set free soon. It can, if nothing else, be a pretty boring 70-year anniversary."
"If the public propaganda, as in the national museum, is a cornerstone in the Communist party government as is the control of the internet another. To surf the web on their mobile in China is therefore a strange experience. There is no Google, Facebook or Twitter and many major international media is blocked. The system is called "
"Winnie the Pooh challenge the party"
"Winnie the pooh's fate is telling. The small thick bear who likes "
"A difference from european history is that China has never had a counterpart to the enlightenment, 1700-tal of philosophical and political thinking that led to the French and american revolutions. Enlightenment ideas about democracy, individual freedom and human rights had no greater impact in imperial China. Sven-Eric Liedman, professor emeritus in history of ideas and science at Göteborg university, can usually distinguish between hard and soft information. The hard is all about technology, science and administration while the soft contains criticism of religion, democracy, and ethics. In Europe, we believe that they follow on each other."
"China's development is, therefore, really an impossibility. Economic liberalization and a market economy should lead to political freedom and the requirements of democracy. More repression should, in turn, dry up the scientific development and produce fewer innovations. But nothing of this has happened. China is a country that both forbids Winnie the Pooh and at the same time creates the world's coolest apps, that combines a capitalist economy with communist politics, and not at all stagnant, a la the Soviet union just because they throw their intellectuals into prison. "
"today's megacity Shenzhen as interesting as Silicon Valley when it comes to the development of technology and the chinese university started to take up the fight with the best of us."
"Sven-Eric Liedmans soft enlightenment seems to simply wait for better times. It's not just Winnie the Pooh who has reason to be pensive for the future."