“The Chinese government has never really learnt how to ‘speak.’ You see a lot of politically correct language, and too little self-criticism. Subjects like Wang Lijun are deemed too sensitive to even be touched upon. China is generally a country that does not too bad on the whole, and the hard results are out there. If something has happened, we should talk about. The more you refuse to talk about it, the more you shroud the matter in mystery. But when you choose to talk about it, people think, oh, it’s just that. Society needs criticism all the time. The more the government criticizes itself, the less the public will criticize it. The more good news there is on official media, the more bad news and rumors there will be on Weibo. That’s just how things balance up.
“When it comes to sensitive subjects, Chinese authorities are often forced to release information, and you rarely see them take a proactive approach. There is a huge expectation from the general public and a voracious appetite for such news, but the dribs and drabs they give us is barely able to satiate public hunger. They may serve as a gambit, but this gambit eventually only creates a massive snowball of suspicions and controversies.”