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These seven keywords are all related to former Prime Minister Wen Jiabao’s family wealth, which the New York Times detailed in an Oct 2012 article “Billions in Hidden Riches for Family of Chinese Leader.”

  1. 张蓓莉200万耳环 (Zhang Peili 2 million RMB earring zhāng bèi lì 200 wàn ěrhuán): Zhang Peili is Wen Jiabao’s wife, and by many accounts (including his own: the Wikileaks Cablegate documents state that Wen was “disgusted” by his family’s bribe-taking) she is the driver for much of the family illicit wealth. However, I’m not certain where the 2 million figure comes from (this article quotes a Taiwanese jewelry dealer who says he spotted Zhang wearing a ring worth 2 million, but I don’t see that figure cited elsewhere).
  2. 温家 戴梦得 (Wen [Jiabao] Diamond / wēn jiā dài mèng dé): Zhang Peili was once a regulator for China’s Ministry of Geology, and she used her contacts and state money to set up various diamond businesses. The New York Times article called her China’s “diamond queen.” 
  3. 温家宝 27亿 (Wen Jiabao 2.7 billion [USD] / wēnjiābǎo 27 yì): the figure mentioned in the NYT article as to the estimated wealth of Wen’s family.
  4. 影帝温家 (Actor Wen Jiabao / yǐng dì wēn jiā): the title of a critical book on Wen, "China’s Best Actor: Wen Jiabao" (中国影帝温家宝), which claims that Wen’s persona as a warm, caring politician is all a charade.
  5. 温家 资产700亿 (Wen Jiabao assets 70 billion / wēn jiā zīchǎn 700 yì): Not sure where 70 billion comes from, but Wen’s family does have a lot of money…
  6. 温家宝夫妇 (Wen Jiabao husband-and-wife / wēnjiābǎo fūfù): A reference to Wen and his wife Zhang Peili.
  7. 总理家人 隐秘 (Premier family secret / zǒnglǐ jiārén yǐnmì): The family’s immense wealth was once a secret that only a few insiders and journalists were aware of, but after the NYT article it is now common knowledge.

In a break from our usual series of highlighting words blocked from searching on Weibo, for the next two days I’ll be looking more deeply at the keywords on chat messenger app LINE’s “bad words” list. For more about this series, see this introductory post.

Wen Jiabao (“温家宝”) unable to be posted on Weibo; error message returned

I’m not certain when this began, but as of right now, you can’t post any message on Weibo with Wen Jiabao’s name (“温家宝”). Doing so returns the following message (full size image):


Rough translation: Sorry, this content violates “Sina Weibo’s Community Administrative Rules" or other related regulatory policies, and we’re unable to execute the intended action. If you need assistance, please contact customer service.

FreeWeibo shows posts containing Wen Jiabao still being deleted today. Searches for Wen’s name have been blocked continuously for some time now (he was unblocked briefly during the Party Congress and for the ten days after), but being unable to post his name at all is another more extreme step. Attempting to post “彭博社” (Bloomberg) also returns the same error message. By comparison, I checked several hundred other sensitive politician’s names in the past week and no one else had this form of censorship. Can folks confirm that they are unable to post 温家宝 on their end as well?

<Who in Wen Jiabao’s family is blocked on Weibo>

Note: 0 is the new blocked (results below are from Sina Weibo, Nov 4, 2012)

温家宝 (Wen Jiabao): 0 results
张蓓莉 (Zhang Beili, wife): 0 results
杨志云 (Yang Zhiyun, mother): 0 results
温家宏 (Wen Jiahong, younger brother): 0 results
温云松 (Wen Yunsong, son): 0 results
杨小萌 (Yang Xiaomeng, daughter-in-law): unblocked
温如春 (Yun Ruchun, granddaughter): unblocked
劉春航 (Liu Chunhang, granddaughter’s husband): unblocked
张建明 (Zhang Jianming, brother-in-law): unblocked
张剑鹍 (Zhang Jiankun, brother-in-law): 0 results
于剑鸣 (Yu Jianming, Wen Yunsong’s classmate and business partner): 0 results
段伟红 (Duan Weihong, investor): 0 results
郑裕彤 (Chen Yu-tong, investor): unblocked
李嘉诚 (Li Ka-shing, investor): unblocked

image source: NY Times, The Wen Family Empire