October 2, 2018—In China, many topics—including independence movements, criticism of senior officials and references to Winnie the Pooh—are banned from social and conventional media.
Now, as trade frictions between China and the United States intensify, the New York Times reports there is a new list of topics that must be “managed”:
■ Worse-than-expected data that could show the economy is slowing.
■ Local government debt risks.
■ The impact of the trade war with the United States.
■ Signs of declining consumer confidence
■ The risks of stagflation, or rising prices coupled with slowing economic growth
■ “Hot-button issues to show the difficulties of people’s lives.”
Worth remembering if you are talking to the Chinese media.