While the Chinese government pushes carefully and not too fast for media reform, the Public Security Bureau maintains a crackdown on Internet content - from politics to pornography - as the government struggles to gain control over the new and increasingly popular medium. Beijing's State Security Protection Bureau has also established an elaborate Internet police force, believed to number more than 30,000 people, blocking some foreign news sites and shutting down some domestic sites posting politically incorrect writings.
The escalation of the government's effort to neutralise critical online opinion comes after a series of large anti-Japanese, anti-pollution and anti-corruption protests, many of which were organised or publicised using instant messaging services, chatrooms and text messages.
With the number of users forecast to rise above 100 million this year, access to the web is spreading beyond China's well-rewarded middle class and into the more disgruntled factory and farming communities, where young migrant workers are teaching their families about internet cafes.
In response, the propaganda departments of provincial and municipal governments have recently been instructed to build teams of internet commentators, whose job is to guide discussion on public bulletin boards away from politically sensitive topics by posting opinions anonymously or under false names.
China: Internet users at risk of arbitrary detention, torture and even execution
Monday, September 26, 2005
Beijing -- China is imposing new regulations to control content on its news web sites, the government said yesterday, another step in its ongoing effort to police a rapidly expanding Internet population.
The rules, issued by the Ministry of Information Industry and the State Council, China's cabinet, will "standardize the management of news and information" in the country, the official Xinhua News Agency said. They take effect immediately, it said.
China bans Wikipedia
Submitted by Editor on Fri, 2005-10-21 09:21. Internet
Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that is quickly becoming on of the most comprehensive knowledge bases on the Internet. As of October 18, 2005 the Chinese government has started blocking the Wikipedia website in several provinces including Shanghai. This move comes at the heels of the government releasing a whitepaper which made it very clear that the Communist party's dictatorship was the only permissible option. The Chinese government is censoring Wikipedia the same way that it blocks access to tens of thousands of websites with information that does not toe the official party line.
The Chinese government already employs thousands of personnel who monitor online communities and websites, looking for offending information and often trying to entrap citizens who speak out.
Changing the Subject: How the Chinese Government Controls Television
By Ann Condi
The strategy of the Chinese government is to change the subject.
When complaints are lodged about the imprisoning of dissidents, the Chinese do not forthrightly proclaim “Indeed, we do put them in prison. We are justified in doing so. They are a threat to our security.” Instead they change the subject to “No country should interfere in the internal affairs of another country.” When America attacks China’s human rights record, the Chinese do not say “You are mistaken about our human rights problem, and here’s why.” Rather, they change the subject: “What about your human rights problem?”
hina Tries to Hide the Truth About Japan
by James Dunnigan
January 20, 2006
Discussion Board on this DLS topic
China is trying to make their people believe that Japan is a military threat to China. One way China does this is to point out that Japan’s military spending is $42 billion a year, compared to $26 billion for China. Japan’s more modern weapons are also highlighted, as well as Japan’s decades of aggression in China, which only ended in 1945, when the United States nuked two Japanese cities.
Japan has responded by pointing out that China has nearly ten times as many troops (2.2 million versus 230,000), and a defense budget of over $30 billion. That’s because many items Japan counts as defense costs, China does not (like R&D, some logistics and transportation items). Moreover, 45 percent of Japan’s defense spending goes to salaries, while less than 20 percent of Chinese spending does. Although Japan does not like to admit it, it’s high tech weapons cost a lot more than they should (because of low production runs and the use of highly paid Japanese, instead of offshore, workers). Another painful fact for the Japanese is that 5-10 percent of their defense budget goes to things like soundproofing the windows of homes near Japanese air bases. Japan is much more sensitive to relations with civilians living near military bases.
Another vital point is that China has nukes, and Japan does not
Chinese push anti-Japanese game
Big News Network.com Wednesday 31st August, 2005 (UPI)
A Chinese online gaming company plans to begin selling an anti-Japan product developed by the China Communist Youth League.