China: June 8, 2002

Archives

The Internet is changing the way the Communist Party rules China. Even with all the government controls on the Internet, news now travels faster and more freely than in the past. Although the government can crack down on web site access and (less successfully) chat rooms, email is more difficult to monitor. Reports of major disasters, major crimes (serial killers, mass murders) and corruption by government officials, previously ignored by the state controlled media (lest it "upset public order) are now widely known, and quickly too. The government has had to react. The government now admits that there are safety problems in state controlled industrial plants and mines, that police are unable to catch major criminals and that there is a lot of government corruption. Once the government admits this stuff, it has to act or lose face. All of this is actually a good thing for the government, for it gives reform minded officials an excellent excuse to do what has to be done. And that is exactly what the government is doing, while continuing to clamp down in the Internet's breaking of the state media monopoly.

 

Article Archive

China: Current 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 


X

ad
0
20

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close