Tuesday, September 30, 2014

More about China

Today's New York Times carries two stories of particular interest to this class, showing impact of social media. Read these.
1. Why will China's usual  authoritarian responses to protests won't work in Hong Kong?
2. China bans news reports of Hong Kong. Why is it afraid?

Comment below, by 5 p.m. Wednesday.


  1. Xiao Shu said, “In Hong Kong, the streets are not the only battlefield, like on the mainland.”

    This is one of the reasons why China's usual authoritarian responses to protests won't work in Hong Kong.

    Also, Larry Diamond said, “They have no strategy for peacefully defusing it, because that would require negotiations, and I don’t think President Xi Jinping will allow that. Now, if he yields, he will look weak, something he clearly detests.”

    I think these two quotes pretty much state why China will have to come up with new strategies for these protests, besides the ones they have already been trying.

    I feel as though China is censoring what’s going on in Hong Kong because they don’t want their people forming or getting new protest ideas from the civilians in Hong Kong, for example, the pro-democracy demonstrations.

  2. At this moment there is too much world attention of the protests. They are too large to contain without force and by using force they would only ad fuel to the protests.
    China is afraid because there are more ways to release information to mainland China and the west. If they falter in their efforts, it could cause complete political unrest for China as a whole.

  3. I do not think China's strategies are going work. With so many people protesting how else do you stop it without using force? Using force will not make China look goog which is the whole point.

    China is censoring people because they do not want to look bad. They only want good stuff about the government writen so nobody in the world looks down at them.

  4. According to the article, those same tactics won't work because of the different laws and British territory situation of Hong Kong, the amount of international social media, and bad blood over the way they used force in the past. Plus, it will make him look weak if he compromises.

    This sounds like a government who is realizing they are loosing clout with their people and are tightening the reigns out of fear. This extreme censorship only makes sense when it comes from a government's desperate attempt at getting its people back in tow through ignorance.

  5. There is no peaceful approach. China wishes to censor it's people and do so at its own will. To combat protestors with violence and injustice and then try and withhold that unfair treatment from the rest of the people of China is a bad move. China is afraid. That is the best way to put it, I believe. China has taken the wrong steps to controlling a situation and fears it will only propagate further problems.

  6. 1.Because Hong Kong is a former British colony that has grown immunity to the rules and unrest of the remaining parts of china, they can dodge the crackdown on peaceful protests. Also, in the mainland, social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube have been banned. Leaving the streets as the only place to go to battle, like the first article says. Hong Kong has found loopholes to some social media bans.
    2. China is afraid that news reports of Hong Kong will raise awareness about what is going on in Hong Kong, and if other Chinese citizens see what is happening, they might in fact decide that if it is working in Hong Kong why can't it work here? And increased numbers of protests will take place.

  7. We all have seen in the age of social what happend in the Arab uprisings when you try to use force to silence protestors. the outcome will not be in favor of the chinese government. China has too much to loose , meaning business wise , if they think force will silence protestors in Hongkong...the only way out for them is meet in the middle

  8. 1. With the explosion of the Internet, social media has connected the world instantly. Newspapers, TV, pamphlets, and even some blogs can be censored, but once something on Social Media (especially Twitter) is posted, millions can see what was posted instantly and the government will have a hard time keeping up with the spontaneous sharing and reactions.

    2. If the Chinese government cannot control social media, then people on the mainland, who are already controlled, may be exposed to the protests and might begin a revolution themselves.

  9. China's usual authoritarian responses to protests won't work in Hong Kong because Hong Kong was once a British colony with its own laws. People who have been living in Hong Kong for a while now are probably more adapted to those laws. Seeing China change all of that with censoring the Internet has caused people to protest. The reason why China is afraid of these news reports is because the Chinese government wants things to go its way, and if people keep reporting on the protests, it's not going to look good for their reputation.

  10. The usual stuff won't work because Hong Kong still has a press and also because social media is making a blackout impossible. China is afraid because, first, the party is between a rock and a hard place. If they crack down, it'll be Tienanmen Square and Tank Man all over again. If they give in, other protesters like the Tibetans, Uighars and religious minorities will be encouraged.

  11. China is getting so much publicity it is crazy! Like others have said, this protest is too big for any authorities to do anything about. China is afraid it is loosing its structure. The Chinese government is loosing control and they cannot handle it.