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I think Xi Jinping has officially lost it. Hacking Github was a poor decision and angered developers in China and abroad, but this latest story below makes zero sense. Some questions raised include:

1) Why needlessly bring attention to the fact that China censors the internet? Just gives the western media something else to write about.

2) Why warn Sina in public? Its shares, and those of other Chinese tech companies have crashed as a result. Is the idea to close foreign financial markets to these companies and make them more dependent on Chinese state banks for support?

2.1) It also says that all companies, domestic or foreign, are expected to be totally under the party's control.

2.2) It also emphasizes that individual companies are responsible for their own censorship. The government isn't content doing it itself.

2.3) And yet there is no list of approved or prohibited topics, no specific legal code to refer to. Its completely arbitrary. Makes the push for rule of law look very hollow.

3) Why warn Sina in English? Most of the time when they talk about kooky censorship rules, they only publish the story in Chinese.

4) Why Sina? If you want to scare some companies into compliance, why not pick a foreign one? The previous policy of closing doors for foreign web sites and promoting domestic ones was awful, but at least it was logical.

4.1) The former CEO of Sina is the former president's son in law. Yet another reason they could have picked a more politically neutral company to make an example of.

5) Why now? This comes right on the back of revelations that Baidu was used by the gov to hack Github, and also that the Chinese digital certificate issuing authority (CNNIC) was engaged in some suspicious behavior by issuing unrestricted sub-certificates. The international reputation of Chinese tech is not in a good place at the moment.

6) What's the message to Chinese tech entrepreneurs? It sure kills the mood. Would you want to take a crack at an internet service when the gov has this attitude?

7) Why so extreme? Sure, scold the company for not being more vigilant in censoring stuff. But to allude that the whole company could be shut down as a result is really extreme.

8) Generally speaking, what is the benefit? This hurts domestic Chinese firms, discourages local innovation, brings attention to an issue China doesn't like to talk about, and there's nothing urgent going on that would demand enhanced censorship. If anything, I'm more suspicious than I was yesterday that something is seriously amiss.

As you can tell, I think this story is very significant, more so than a lot of grander sounding pronouncements. It seems to be a needlessly heavy handed way to accomplish something that has been successfully handled discretely for decades. Xi really seems crazy about control. 
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Doesn't Xi Jinping's daughter study at Harvard? Not to mention the kids of all the other elite.

Their alternative is to promote Marxist values, which is odd, because Marxism is certainly a Western idea. I guess it doesn't count?

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Chinese education authorities have pledged to step up control on the use of imported textbooks in Chinese universities to stop the younger generation from being influenced by Western values. ...
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In China, "rule of law" presumably means "arbitrarily arrest people who report on things we don't want people to know about." Yes, free speech is a crime here. #freemiao  
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Chinese buyers were reported to have spent the most at $600,000 each on average. Furthermore, 76 percent of those purchases were made using cash.

In cash!!!
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I'm disgusted and totally ashamed to be living in China right now. A leading moderate voice in the Uighur community who has done nothing wrong and advocates Chinese unity has been sentenced to life in prison. Lock up all the moderate voices, then who will be left to speak? Only the extremists, and the violence will continue. Innocent Chinese may be hurt or killed by terrorists because of the Communists' uncompromising attitude. 
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This could backfire. If foreign antivirus is the best in the world, using China-made antivirus could make Chinese computers more vulnerable to foreign AND domestic attacks. There are quite a few independent sites that verify antivirus effectiveness, so it wouldn't be a smart idea for foreign antivirus companies to add some secret backdoors. They will get caught.

A more concrete example of this dilemma can be see in Huawei brand routers. Hackers have traditionally found them among the easiest to hack, not because of secret back doors, but because their security protocols aren't as advanced as those in Cisco routers. So if the Chinese government replaces all their Cisco routers with Huawei ones, they could be making it that much easier for spies to get in.

Not to mention any half decent IT department would do a security evaluation on hardware before using it anyway. I would think the Chinese NSA would catch a backdoor in a Cisco router or in Kaspersky antivirus, so these companies wouldn't try to add backdoors.
Reuters’ Jim Finkle notes China’s exclusion of American Symantec and Russian Kaspersky anti-virus software from procurement for government use: The report is the latest sign that Beijing is intent on promoting use of domestic information technology products after leaks from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden raised concerns about foreign surveillance programs. Tensions between …
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Yipe too plausible!  And deeply scary. As China rises and Russia's population declines, will China cast its eye right next door… on Siberia?  "Siberia – the Asian part of Russia, east of the Ural Mountains – is immense. It takes up three-quarters of Russia's land mass, the equivalent of the entire U.S. and India put together. It's hard to imagine such a vast area changing hands. But like love, a border is real only if both sides believe in it. And on both sides of the Sino-Russian border, that belief is wavering." Indeed, increasingly, Chinese-owned factories in Siberia churn out finished goods, as if the region already were a part of the Middle Kingdom's economy.
http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2015/01/14/the-most-debated-room-for-debates/why-china-will-reclaim-siberia-21
Like love, a border is real only if both sides believe in it. And on both sides of the Sino-Russian border, that belief is wavering.
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If you typed the word "civil rights" in WeChat, it would display a shower of American flags. I don't get what they are apologizing for, it was really funny. "Sorry for associating civil rights with the US" (??) #weixin   #humorlesscommunists   #tencent  
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OMG I love Hong Kong

"Protesters also took over a bus, changing its number to 689, the amount of votes cast for Leung in the 2012 chief executive election and listing its destination as "hell"."
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It's a good thing we have Communists to shut down rural volunteer libraries for no reason. 
Liren board members (its founder, Li Yingqiang, is second from right) staged an online protest after announcing its dissolution. The signs read: “Burned but not destroyed.”Credit Courtesy of Liren Rural Library
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"Pro-democracy lawmaker Leung Yiu-chung asked Zhang whether Beijing would allow any democrat to run for the city’s highest office.

Zhang, 51, dressed in a black suit and a navy blue striped tie, delivered a blunt response. 'The fact that you are allowed to stay alive, already shows the country's inclusiveness,' he answered."
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Hahaha that's hilarious. I'm gonna say that to some students when they
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how do they force them to eat?
Higher authorities bar students, teachers and civil servants in Uygur-populated region - following similar restrictions in recent years
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University of Michigan graduate working in southern China as an account manager for a very cool sourcing company.  I like Google products, traveling, and running.

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