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Chinese net police in fresh assault on blogs


The mainland’s internet police have struck again, closing down or suspending several popular microblogs in the past week as they step up a crackdown on online discussion of politically sensitive issues.

One well-known blogger, Wang Xiaoshan , said friends told him yesterday morning that his Sina.com microblog had been closed down. He said he had no idea what was behind the closure or what he had done wrong.

Wang said he had written more than 36,000 postings and his microblog had attracted 570,000 followers.

He said he had also received a notice from Sina.com management yesterday, but could not disclose its contents.

“But I can tell you one thing for sure, the closure was not carried out by Sina.com voluntarily,” he said. “But I am not shocked by the decision, given that anything can happen in this country.”

Mainland censors introduced a real-name registration requirement for microbloggers in March, a move critics said would enable tighter censorship. The authorities, determined to maintain social stability, have grown increasingly wary of online discussion of political and social issues.

A number of other popular bloggers have run foul of the mainland’s censors in recent weeks, as authorities have scrambled to contain the fallout from the downfall of influential Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai and blind activist Chen Guangcheng‘s flight to the US embassy in Beijing after escaping his illegal house arrest.

Wang said he had no idea which postings on his microblog had resulted in its closure, but did admit to reposting an item discussing the rumoured resignation of Premier Wen Jiabao .

The microblogs of a number of vocal bloggers, including Professor He Bing from the China University of Political Science and Law and journalists Yang Haipeng and Shen Yachuan , have been closed recently.

Hao Qun , a novelist-turned-blogger who uses the pen-name Murong Xuecun , said his microblog, which had 1.85 million followers, was suspended on Thursday and he had learned it could last a month or so, until after the 23rd anniversary of the bloody crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989.

He said he had also learned that the order to suspend his microblog had come from the government’s top internet censor.

Hao said he imagined that the suspension was punishment for his comments on the ongoing Chen saga in the overseas press and his attempt to visit Chen in Shandong in October. “If you’d asked me or any other bloggers, we’d have all told you with confidence that we knew where to draw a line, but apparently we’re all wrong,” he said.

“The order could just come from anyone at the top or even his secretary, who simply call the censors because they bump into a posting they’re not happy with.”

Raymond Li
South China Morning Post
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Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee

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4 thoughts on “Chinese net police in fresh assault on blogs

  1. Reblogged this on Craig Hill.

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    Posted by Craig Hill | May 10, 2012, 7:23 am
  2. Talk about total control … over it’s people. I’m so upset !!!

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    Posted by viveka | May 10, 2012, 6:04 pm
  3. They want total control, but it is impossible. People in the secret network that help dissidents invented ways to communicate and thus be able to assist the blind activist to escape.

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    Posted by chankaiyee2 | May 10, 2012, 7:10 pm

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