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Freezing Point

Freezing Point (Chinese: 冰点, Bīngdiǎn)[1] is a news journal in the People's Republic of China which has been the subject of controversy over its criticism of Communist Party officials and the sympathetic ear it lent to a Chinese historian who had criticized official history textbooks. A weekly supplement to China Youth Daily, it was temporarily closed down by officials 24 January 2006, but was allowed to reopen in March that year, though without its former editor Li Datong and without Taiwan-based columnist Lung Yingtai.[2]

The official reason for the January 2006 shutdown of Freezing Point was an article by history professor Yuan Weishi of Sun Yat-sen University (Zhongshan University). The article dissented from the official view of the Boxer Rebellion.[2]

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  1. ^ Pinyin translated with CozyChinese.COM
  2. ^ a b Isabel Hilton, "Surfing the Dragon", Index on Censorship, Volume 35, Number 4, 2006, p. 33–42. 42.

External links

  • Freezing Point on China Digital Times
  • "Chinese Journal Closed by Censors Is to Reopen", The New York Times, February 16, 2006.
  • "History Textbooks in China," by Yuan Weishi, and translations of articles on the closing of Bingdian, Feb. 2006 [2]
  • Yuan Weishi, a reform-minded scholar... criticized Chinese textbooks for teaching an incomplete history of China's last imperial dynasty, the Qing, that fosters blind nationalism and closed-minded anti-foreign sentiment. The New York Times 25 Jan 2008.
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