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Beijing will also accept bids from foreign telecommunications companies to provide Internet services

China is looking to attract more foreign investment by allowing those in the Shanghai Free-trade Zone to access websites like Facebook and Twitter. 

Lifting the ban on Internet access is a big deal in China, considering websites like Facebook and Twitter have been off-limits since 2009. However, the ban will only be lifted in the Shanghai Free-trade Zone -- the rest of mainland China will still be prohibited from using such sites. 

According to the South China Morning Post, Beijing made this decision in order to bring foreign investments to the free-trade zone. In order to do this, government authorities said websites like Facebook, Twitter and The New York Times need to be made available in order to make foreigners feel more at home. 

“In order to welcome foreign companies to invest and to let foreigners live and work happily in the free-trade zone, we must think about how we can make them feel like at home," said an anonymous government source, which spoke with the South China Morning Post. "If they can’t get onto Facebook or read The New York Times, they may naturally wonder how special the free-trade zone is compared with the rest of China."

In addition, officials said they would accept bids from foreign telecommunications companies to provide Internet in the free-trade zone through licenses. China's three major providers (China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom) have already been informed of the plan, but haven't made any complaints due to the fact that it's isolated to that one area.

The free-trade zone in Shanghai will span 28.78 square kilometers (nearly 18 miles) in the city’s Pudong New Area, but could be expanded to 1,210.4 square kilometers in the next few years. This area includes the Waigaoqiao duty-free zone, Yangshan deepwater port, and the international airport area.

This is obviously a win for the companies like Facebook and Twitter, who will see this as a new way to reach China and possibly a floodgate to one day spreading to the rest of the country. 

Source: South China Morning Post

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Little taiwan
By coburn_c on 9/24/13, Rating: 0
RE: Little taiwan
By ClownPuncher on 9/24/2013 1:49:38 PM , Rating: 3
ITT? This isn't reddit, yo.

RE: Little taiwan
By coburn_c on 9/24/2013 2:43:07 PM , Rating: 2
I'm so sorry I'm didn't use the correct jargon

Perhaps you can just down-vote my post

RE: Little taiwan
By ritualm on 9/24/2013 3:32:26 PM , Rating: 2
As soon as you post in a thread, you lose the ability to vote on posts in that thread.

RE: Little taiwan
By ClownPuncher on 9/24/2013 3:38:11 PM , Rating: 3
I don't downvote grammar. It's just an acronym not everyone is familiar with, and possibly not appropriate for the context.

RE: Little taiwan
By piroroadkill on 9/27/2013 6:26:20 AM , Rating: 2
Clearly, because ITT would mean a post in this thread.

Surely it's in the article, not the thread.

I've never actually seen ITT used in the way the OP did before.

RE: Little taiwan
By palmira_friend on 9/25/2013 3:34:11 PM , Rating: 2
my parents inlaw just got a 2013 Audi TT Convertible by working part time off of a computer. additional info..........>>>

All temporary I guess...
By VarpoS on 9/25/2013 6:11:00 AM , Rating: 2
Until someone makes a wrong comment about china or something similar... then they turn it off again :)

RE: All temporary I guess...
By ritualm on 9/25/2013 4:06:42 PM , Rating: 2
They don't need to. Just because Facebook and Twitter are allowed to operate within the Pudong FTZ doesn't mean the Great China Firewall is turned off for that area. It's still there, and the secret police will still hunt you down for doing/saying the wrong things online - it's just going to be less restrictive on the surface.

By millie222 on 9/24/13, Rating: 0
"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates

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