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China blocks YouTube in effort to prevent Tibetans from posting to YouTube

China annexed Tibet in 1950, and Tibet became a formal province of China in 1959. Today, a half-century later, Tibetan resistors are no longer fighting with protests in the streets, but with protests on the internet.

Websites like YouTube allow protestors to post videos of the uprising against China and of reported retaliation by the Chinese army.

With these new videos capturing audiences in hundreds of thousands, China blocked access to YouTube within the country. Some of the video depict protestors being killed in uprisings across the Tibet Autonomous Region.

Chinese authorities claim only 16 protestors have been killed. The real number is unknown as a New York Times blog reports that no one is being allowed to confirm the number of dead. Despite the YouTube blockade by China, a number of videos depicting the violence in the region have made their way to YouTube.

YouTube has been targeted by some governments recently for different issues. In America the problem with YouTube is the posting of copyrighted videos, though the website has never faced a state-sanctioned shut down for this reason.

China isn’t the only government attempting to block YouTube. Pakistan accidentally cut off YouTube and its entire country from the internet in February of 2008 when it made a series of mistakes while attempting to stop its citizens from watching anti-Islamic videos featured on the website.

Other countries with critical views of its leadership or state religion have also imposed temporary sanctions against YouTube, including Iran, Thailand, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.  Iran and the United Arab Emirates are the only two other countries that still impose bans on YouTube content.



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RE: Annexed?
By lompocus on 3/29/2008 3:06:26 AM , Rating: 2
Does that book mention how China's economy would collapse entirely in a month, or does it take the fictional approach of everyone crying "we want china" and china coming to the rescue somehow?

Without Made in China, we would have exactly 4 changes:

-Prices in everything would rise 10-30% because we no longer use slave labor.

-Instead of Made in China, it would be Made in Tibet, Made in Taiwan, Made in Vietnam, Made in Norway, Made in Japan, Made in Mexico, Made in Rusia, Made in India, etc. The industries would do what they do best: Make money, recover, and move to the next cheapest/best suited nation.

-2 billion people in China would starve.

-The US economy would have a minor drop for a few months, and would quickly return to where it was back when there was Made in China after point #2 was finished being implemented. It would only take as long as a businessman would want to get back to making money.


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