China is a very successful economy that can dictate conditions in many world markets. It is also the world’s most populous country with about 1.5 billion people. All these people are separated from the world by an invisible wall of censorship, misinformation and propaganda. How is the internet in China?
China’s Sins – Tian’anmen Square, Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong
China is a country that attaches great importance to its image in the international arena. However, it is also a regime responsible for the deaths of many people. In China, certain aspects of history are either overlooked or distorted. An example of this is the Tiananmen Square massacre. In 1989, striking students who decided to talk about corruption and lack of democracy were killed there. This crime was very cruel – it seems that the bodies of the dead were even thrown into the sewers.
This is not the only case in Chinese history. In 1950, the Middle Kingdom conquered Tibet. It was a relatively peaceful country operating in the highlands in the west of the People’s Republic of China. This is because it is currently under occupation and its inhabitants have been fighting for years to remove restrictions on their beliefs and return to the culture of their ancestors. The film, which deals with real events (and the previous book by Heinrich Harrer), “Seven Years in Tibet”, caused a great deal of controversy.
The history of Chinese Taiwan, which seeks autonomy like the Republic of China, is also confusing. Today, we can see some messages that show that Chinese power is built by many unclean games. We receive information from Hong Kong that the autonomy of the citizens of this region is systematically violated and their rights are not respected. The protests of 2019 are to some extent related to the protests of 1989 – they began on the 30th anniversary of those events.
Consolidation of power – censorship, propaganda and control
China is a (often forced) society that unites many different backgrounds, social classes, cultures and regions. At the same time, they are given a certain standard, a certain message that corresponds to the ideas of the people. He does this with a tool designed to spread freedom around the world – the Internet.
There are numerous restrictions on the Internet in China. We do not have access to many popular services available globally – for example, Uber or Google Maps. It is true that Chinese companies have colleagues who quickly adapt to reality. We also can’t search all expressions. The articles are censored and information about Tibet’s autonomous aspirations or the Chinese government’s ugly activities is sought.
Everything must be in accordance with the ideology applied by the government. Ideas taught in schools, such as national unity, socialist values and traditions, cannot be criticized by independent, critical media. In addition, there is a special project called the Great Firewall. Its goal is to block content within the Chinese Internet and restrict access to foreign networks.
The Chinese government has also spent a lot of time improving e-propaganda, which means that public control is no longer a problem. At this point, it is also good at publishing content in the Weibo app. It is one of the largest social networking sites in China with a wide range of functionality.
The Internet in China in the 21st Century – a scene of tragedy and great control
For some time now, we have been hearing that the Chinese have an excellent system of civilian control. This is true, as the coronavirus situation has shown. Big Data’s face recognition and analysis systems have helped prevent the spread of the disease. The Beidou satellite system was not insignificant, as it helped the service track potential infection centers.
Although this is a situation where many people can sacrifice their lives, it is not known that the government does not use these mechanisms in its daily operations. The effectiveness of these mechanisms has already been tested – China first took control of the situation and declared the end of the pandemic. He is back now, but he will definitely not be in the Middle Kingdom for very long. A system developed over many years is destructive. When it comes to both viruses and Western values such as freedom of speech.
China is allowed to do everything
Interestingly, a small part of the media criticizes Chinese policy. More and more companies are operating in China and trying to create wealth there, and as a result, it is not very useful to have a negative attitude towards the landlord. The controversy over Hong Kong and China is undoubtedly caused by Blizzard Entertainment. The company has decided to ban a professional player (Chung Ng Wai) in support of protests on the streets of Hong Kong.
This is just one example, but there will probably be more in the future. China is a huge sales market, and in order to operate there, you need to adapt to the way of thinking of the people who run this country. The Middle Kingdom already has a large influence in other countries through loans and investments. In this way, perhaps China will be able to gain dominance that other people’s regimes have not imagined.