Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn, June 25, 2009 9:38 AM
I like the People's Republic of China. A lot.
I love living in Beijing.
I unashamedly love China and want to stay here and be a part of China's rise and China's success.
Despite their frequent missteps, I genuinely think the Chinese Communist Party is doing a great job running the country. Sometimes I look at countries in my native continent of Africa, and wish there would be more Chinese Communist Party style practicality, and less European style fixation on human rights that do not increase the GDP.
But whoever is running Internet regulation policy right now in China needs to see a psychiatrist.
Blocking Google.com, Gmail and other Google services?
You are making Chinese people look like children on the world stage.
You are bringing shame to the People's Republic of China, and the Chinese Communist Party.
Whoever made this decision, you have lost face for the Chinese people.
As of tomorrow, Thursday morning June 25, you are going to be punished for it in the Western media, for weeks and weeks and weeks. And that is nothing compared to what the Chinese media and Chinese Internet writers are going to do to you.
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