The Internet and China's Rule-of-Law Games: Why Beijing makes a business of allowing companies to break the rules
Posted in: Censorship at 08/09/2011 14:35
Every day Beijing grows more uncomfortable with the degree of free communications it has accidentally allowed in China. Witness a growing list of commentaries appearing in official media outlets directed especially at Sina Corp.'s Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter. The site sparked authoritarian concern in the weeks after late July's deadly high-speed train crash in Wenzhou. Weibo became a conduit for inconvenient truths and cynical speculations about the accident. The Communist Party sees a huge threat.
This is as much a business story as it is a free-speech issue. In short, over the years Beijing has made certain decisions about how it would interact with the business world, especially concerning the rule of law. Those decisions are coming back to haunt the Communist Party.