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China Blocks YouTube, Others Over Tibet Riots

China Blocks YouTube, Others Over Tibet Riots

The Tibetan riots are undoubtedly not the kind of publicity China wants prior to the Olympics.  In attempt to stem the flow of information, China has blocked access to some sites.

China has blocked access to Google News and YouTube in an apparent attempt to stop the spread of video footage related the rioting going on in several cities in Tibet, including the capital Lhasa. Demonstrations in the city started on March 10, a day commemorating the anniversary of a 1959 uprising against Chinese rule after which the spiritual leader of the country, the Dalai Lama, fled to India.

China has said the Dalai Lama is to blame for rioting in the country, and puts the civilian death toll at 13, while adding that police and security forces have also suffered casualties.


It appears China has borrowed tactics from Myanmar (AKA Burma) in this case.  At the same time they haven't gone quite so far, as last September Myanmar blocked Internet access entirely for a time.

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I'm not surprised to see this coming from the Chinese government. As far as they(NPC) are concerned, Chinese citizens need only one version of the news, and that is more often than not a distorted "official version". China as it is today sullies the Olympics and is not fit to host it. China must free Tibet and while they're at it Hong Kong and Taiwan should be their own countries.

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 they will probably block hothardware after what youve wrote

AjayD:
I'm not surprised to see this coming from the Chinese government. As far as they(NPC) are concerned, Chinese citizens need only one version of the news, and that is more often than not a distorted "official version". China as it is today sullies the Olympics and is not fit to host it. China must free Tibet and while they're at it Hong Kong and Taiwan should be their own countries.

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I am totally against China having the Olympics.  As I would have been if I were alive back when the USSR hosted them.  These types of governments should not be rewarded whenever possible.  The PRC needs to end sooner rather than later.

Luckily Taiwan is independant, it's just that China claims them.  But they are putting up a lot of pressure.  I'm worried they might try to take it within the next twenty years, and the longer they wait the stronger China becomes and the less likely the US will meaningly resist.

 But hey, let's host the Olympics in a despotic country!  Nice job, committee.

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 Doesn't China already block  Youtube?

 

In my eyes they aren't really part of the civilized world and have no right to host the olympics.

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 i guess they thought the overpolluted city of bejing would be the best place to hold it

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it is not fair to block some internet sites for some users

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Crisis Causer:
Luckily Taiwan is independant, it's just that China claims them.  But they are putting up a lot of pressure.  I'm worried they might try to take it within the next twenty years, and the longer they wait the stronger China becomes and the less likely the US will meaningly resist.
 

I think it is almost guaranteed that they will. China has been pining away at the though of reclaiming Taiwan for quite some time now. The thing about China though is they are smart and generally patient. They develop long term plans and stick with them. Unlike the US which has an agenda that drastically fluctuates every 4-8 years. I'm sure China will be strong enough to take Taiwan in no more than ten years without having to worry about anything more than US and UN sanctions. Also at the rate we are borrowing money from them they will practically own us by then anyhow.

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 Everytime China threatens Taiwan, or starts staging "exorcises" near Taiwan, a US Carrier Battle Group holds exorcises in the straits between Taiwan and China. Given China's explosive growth, they might have issues due to such a drastic population increase. As if their barbaric practice of 1 child per family wasn't bad enough.

 

We wouldn't let anything happen to Taiwan, thats where most of our motherboards are manufactured!

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I fully agree with you trueg50

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 yeah i think taiwans safe right now

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 The fact of the matter is, that sometime within the near future, China will be more than powerful enough to take full control of Taiwan by force or any or method they may choose. If you think the US is going to go to war against China for the sake of Taiwan you are sadly mistaken. Going to war with China would only come with the unanimous support of the UN and full military support from all allied nations. If war with China did break out it would be WW3 and the worst war in the history of the world. Taiwan is safe for the moment, but if and when China should decide to take action there will be little we can do to prevent it. The US will be the ones to blame if this does happen considering we were instrumental in handing Taiwan back over to China from Japan at the end of WW2. I am sure most Taiwanese people would agree that they would have been better off remaining under Japan, which was close to fully assimilating them into Japan proper. What should have been done long ago and needs to happen immediately is for Taiwan to get its own seat at the UN.

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good point 

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I think that China (being in isolation from the majority of the world) is everything that has been stated: patient, smart, strong, powerful......but this time the US would have a much larger backing than just Britain should an invasion occur; I believe however that this is why China hasn't done so yet as they do not want the U.N. to send dozens of nations to basically start WW3....wars cost a lot of money and china is getting richer and richer....why would they sacrifice their entire economy (one of the world leaders) just to acquire a small country for themselves? The cost definately outweighs the benefits

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 I think to China it would be a matter of pride. They believe Taiwan is rightfully theirs and they would lose face by allowing it to slip from their grasp. There is an island in the Sea of Japan that China disputes to be theirs and has stated they are prepared to go to war over to assure it remains theirs. Japan also claims the island as part of Japan, but since they have no real military to speak of they certainly aren't going to war with China. Taiwan on the otherhand is fiercely independant in their own mind and would not submit to China. The only leverage we have on China is our huge contribution to their economy and the money we owe them. I don't think China would try anything drastic until their economy is less dependant on the US. In reality though, who truly knows what the future may hold until it becomes the present.

Anyone who may be interested in further reading on China and its recent focus on military expansion and modernization can follow this link. China's New Navy

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Less than a decade ago, China's Navy was considered a joke.  Even Taiwan in all her smallness was estimated to be able to stop a Chinese Naval assault.  But they are rapidly militarizing and modernizing.  It is pretty disheartening that Taiwan, although not the most democratic country by any means, would be placed under the terrible rule of the PRC.  China is too ambitious, and the US needs to be more financially responsible so that we are capable of protesting without being at the mercy of Chinese bankers.

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