Bloggers invent codewords to evade arrest and speculate on trouble at the top of government.

This article titled “China’s microbloggers turn to Teletubbies to discuss politics” was written by Tania Branigan in Beijing, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 22nd March 2012 16.36 UTC

Teletubbies, instant noodles and tomatoes might not sound like the stuff of high political intrigue, but this motley grouping has allowed microbloggers in China to evade censorship and speculate on trouble at the top of government.

With facts in short supply since leadership contender Bo Xilai was dismissed as party chief of Chongqing last week, the online rumour mill has been in overdrive – fuelled by the opaque nature of Chinese politics and the knowledge that a power transition is fast approaching.

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