Apart from the disappearance of my corner shop (still in mourning for that), the most frustrating thing about returning to China is coping with a restricted internet again. I quickly got used to having access to anything I wanted to, when back in the UK. How amusing then to read the latest statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry. Reacting to US criticism about the Google spat, they say, "The U.S. has ... insinuated that China restricts Internet freedom. This runs contrary to the facts and is harmful to China-U.S. relations. We urge the United States to respect the facts and cease using so-called Internet freedom to make groundless accusations against China". So the facts are that China doesn't restrict internet freedom. Sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, MySpace, Picasa, etc must be accessible after all. Silly me!
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