China maintains one of the most pervasive and sophisticated regimes of Internet filtering and information control in the world.
The community of Chinese Internet users continues to grow, while the state simultaneously increases its capacity to restrict content that might threaten social stability or state control through tight regulations on domestic media, delegated liability for online content providers, just-in-time filtering, and “cleanup” campaigns.
Since 2008, several milestones in China’s development, domestic politics, and foreign relations have presented new challenges to the PRC government, and authorities have responded by launching rigorous campaigns to contain communications, monitor and control citizens’ activities, and outweigh public criticism through proactive counterinformation campaigns.
On March 10, 2008, the anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan Uprising, protests erupted in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, calling for improved human rights conditions, religious freedom, and, in some cases, political independence.4 Shortly thereafter, with the international community’s eyes on China during the lead-up to the Beijing Olympics, unprecedented protests broke out among Tibetan communities throughout China and around the world.5 The Chinese government responded by initiating violent crackdowns in the Tibet Autonomous Region, clamping down on domestic and foreign media, and systematically blocking online content pertaining to the incident.6 As the Olympics drew nearer, China faced increasing international pressure to lessen censorship and honor its commitment to allow foreign media to report freely during the games.
Even if you don’t speak Mandarin, Chinese will still notice when you come home with a prostitute and they will talk about it.
An American woman who had lived in Beijing for twenty years with her husband, one day found out that he had five girlfriends spread across China, several children, and at least a Chinese wife. Well, she overheard her Chinese neighbors talking about a white man that lived in the neighborhood and was seen with different Chinese women, one of whom had a half-Chinese child.
Note: previous versions of this profile are available at China, 2009 and China, 2006-2007.
The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is a one-party state ruled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
The overall effect of Google’s decision to take a public stance on Internet censorship and cease compliance with PRC censorship policies has been widely discussed among both the Chinese and international communities.
Whether or not the company’s actions serve to improve the overall online environment and Internet freedom for Chinese citizens is not entirely clear.
Prostitutes in China regularly have sex with men without using condoms.
Fifty percent of Chinese think that AIDS is transmitted by kissing.
In March 2010, after a series of strained negotiations between Google and Chinese authorities, the company finally made good on its threat to stop filtering content, stating that it would redirect all traffic from to its unfiltered Chinese-language site, hk, based in Hong Kong.