How Chinese censorship is reaching overseas
October 28th, 2013
11:16 AM ET

How Chinese censorship is reaching overseas

By Sarah Cook, Special to CNN

Editor’s note: Sarah Cook is a senior research analyst for East Asia at Freedom House and author of report The Long Shadow of Chinese Censorship, which was released October 22 by the National Endowment for Democracy’s Center for International Media Assistance. The views expressed are her own.

The efforts of China’s leaders to prevent its citizens from circulating information inconvenient to the ruling Communist Party are well known. But while censorship is a daily reality for media outlets inside mainland China, their counterparts abroad are increasingly finding themselves under pressure as well.

China’s leaders, it seems, have become more ambitious in their attempts to control the news.

Take last year, when reports surfaced that China’s ambassador to the United States met with Bloomberg’s editor-in-chief to try to persuade the outlet not to run a story about the finances of Communist Party leader Xi Jinping’s family. Last May, meanwhile, popular Taiwanese talk show host Cheng Hung-yi resigned after station executives allegedly tried to stop his program from touching on topics sensitive to Beijing. And back in 2011, reportedly at Beijing’s urging, a court in Hanoi sentenced two Vietnamese citizens who practice Falun Gong to prison for transmitting radio broadcasts about human rights abuses and corruption from their farm to listeners in China.

These are far from the only examples of how the Chinese Communist Party’s media controls extend past China’s borders, in a push documented in a report published last week by the Center for International Media Assistance, which examines a range of media outlets based outside China, from major international media to local outlets in Asia, Africa, and Latin America and elsewhere. And the findings are clear: the “China Factor” looms over newsrooms across the globe.

As the report notes, the pressure has sometimes been overt, with Chinese officials impeding independent reporting by barring foreign correspondents from the sites of significant incidents, pressuring senior executives not to publish content, or simply refusing to issue visas.

But more common – and arguably more effective – has been the carrot and stick approach that induces subtle self-censorship among media owners and outlets. Those perceived as friendly to Beijing might, for example, be rewarded with advertising, access to Chinese audiences, lucrative contracts for non-media enterprises, and even political appointments. Those deemed too critical can face not just visa restrictions for reporters, but lost advertising and blocked websites. As a result, some outlets have become increasingly wary over covering “hot button” issues such as the persecution of Tibetans, Uighurs and Falun Gong practitioners.

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Indirect pressure can also be applied via proxies, including advertisers, satellite firms, and foreign governments, with out-of-favor outlets likely to be boycotted or have their transmission signals cut.

Thus, it has not only been media organizations themselves that have moved to restrict access to information. Earlier this month, CNN reported that Apple had been accused of “kowtowing to the Chinese government” after “pulling from its China App Store a product enabling users to circumvent firewalls and access restricted sites.” This wasn’t the first time since 2011 that Apple had removed apps that people in China used to access independent overseas Chinese media or bookstores.

A more extreme example of how Western businesses can get caught in the middle of transnational Chinese censorship occurred in 2007. Last year, a WikiLeaks cable suggested that Chinese security officials had summoned and interrogated NASDAQ’s chief representative in China, U.S. citizen Lawrence Pan.

According to the cable, the questioning focused on a journalist who had been reporting from the exchange’s New York headquarters for New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV), an outlet founded by Falun Gong practitioners in the United States to broadcast news and cultural programming to Chinese audiences. The cable added that Pan, “to secure his release, may have pledged to Chinese authorities that NASDAQ would no longer allow” such access. Indeed, starting in February 2007, NTDTV’s correspondent was suddenly barred from the building after reporting from there on a daily basis for more than a year.

Some international companies have been more proactive in their assistance to Chinese censors. In 2008, Reporters Without Borders released the transcript of a telephone recording in which a representative of the French satellite company Eutelsat admitted that the firm had cut the signal of that same television station to “show a good gesture to the Chinese government.”

While some of these dynamics date back to the 1990s, they have intensified and expanded over the past five years. Physical assaults against foreign reporters in China have become more violent, while Beijing’s efforts to influence newsroom decisions in Hong Kong have intensified, expanding to topics touching on the territory’s internal politics. In Taiwan, meanwhile, self-censorship is increasing, as media owners seek new sources of revenue from mainland entities. And major Western news outlets have found themselves facing the kinds of restrictions – including wholesale website blocking and intrusive cyber-attacks – usually reserved for dissident Chinese websites.

The paradoxical combination of the Communist Party feeling emboldened internationally and insecure domestically has only fueled this trend. With more than half of China’s population now accessing the Internet, and with some political content going viral despite domestic censors’ efforts, the Party’s nervousness of overseas news trickling in has increased.

These dynamics have a damaging real-world impact. For international audiences, the information targeted for censorship includes topics that have global implications, such as human rights abuses, high-level corruption, and environmental pollution. For Chinese, the stakes are even higher. Overseas media outlets offer a vital source of information on matters with life-or-death consequences and a precious forum for debating the past, present, and future of their country.

Still, there are clear limits to Beijing’s reach. Media outlets around the world daily put out news that the Communist Party would likely prefer unreported, while journalists, activists, owners, and independent courts have pushed back against pressure and scored some important victories. The result is a complex and ever-changing negotiation over where the “red line” lies.

As China's international role expands, this transnational tug-of-war will become more important. Supporters of media freedom – be they journalists, policymakers, or news consumers – must therefore develop an open-eyed strategy for protecting and expanding the free flow of information about one of the world’s most prominent nations.

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  1. ChineseUgh!

    China is full of sick people! And those that immigrate to the U.S. are even worse. I live in San Francisco and this city is overrun by these xenophobes! They look on everyone who's not Chinese as less than them and they are the rudest, nastiest people alive. We should band together and confine them to their country and make them stay there!!

    December 16, 2013 at 11:26 am | Reply
    • Sam

      Guess who is the sick one~

      December 20, 2013 at 1:52 am | Reply
      • GlenR

        Too bad he's right isn't it? There isn't much difference between a Chinese bigot and a southern red neck KKK member

        March 12, 2014 at 1:06 pm |
    • Adam

      Chinese immigrants and natural Chinese growth is totally overrunning our city and even our state . I wouldn't be surprised if the rest of the country. I don't want to live like the chinese. Please send them back as they will never be loyal to us as it is apparent from their voting pattern. They always vote for one of their own vs is what is best for the country. If we don't stop them now, they will be driving in our side walks the way they do in china. Where are our leaders, we need to stop them now so that we don't have to fight them in a civil war later. Daine Feinstein, barbara boxer, Nancy pelosi our state is taken over by the Chinese. What are you busy doing. Don't you see what's happening. Or perhaps you are spending too much time in Washington and pacific heights, don't know what is going here. Is your political careers more important than our country. Every other Chinese women I see on the streets is either pregnant or have several kids following thier parents. I am traumatized. We need to clean and protect our home, before we go help our friends and alies in other parts of the world. Members of the media. This is an urgent matter, please bring it to the powers be, s attention. Thank you. For god sake we are losing our way of life with these folks.

      December 22, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Reply
      • Billy

        Might be read more history of Chief Sitting Bull

        January 5, 2014 at 3:30 pm |
      • soaring eagle

        The natives from this once prestine beautiful land now called America said the same thing you are saying when all the arrogant self-centered white people invaded their land. Perhaps you should look at yourself in the mirror and see who is overrunning the cities and states in the eyes of the natives.

        January 27, 2014 at 4:15 pm |
      • John

        Adam- I think you forgot where you come from. So, we should send your back to your root country, is that fair? Remember Adam my friend, USA is a United States, do you know what is the United States mean? and that we stole this country from the Natives.

        March 2, 2014 at 8:06 pm |
      • Adamsky

        Gordon Brown's definition of a Bigot. Now I know what it means. Check you out!

        March 12, 2014 at 1:59 pm |
    • Mark Causey

      Having worked with several wealthy, first generation Chinese in Southern California I have found that their behavior put a new and bolder meaning to the word "bigot".

      December 28, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Reply
      • umish

        The chinese are more xenophobic than most groups, rude, inconsiderate and nasty. Hate dealing with them more so than the asian indians who are almost as bad

        March 3, 2014 at 2:20 pm |
    • Hijol

      Strongly agree.

      December 29, 2013 at 4:20 am | Reply
    • whatistruth

      Maybe Chinese have too many shortcomings,but you dont know china really,CNN alaways like to show bad news about china but ignore something good

      December 30, 2013 at 7:26 am | Reply
      • 祝源茂

        中国人是好样的,尽管他们有那么一点缺点,但中国人不容侮辱。支持

        February 4, 2014 at 7:18 am |
      • Glen

        That's quit a list of good things you posted. Oh wait you didn't

        February 24, 2014 at 4:33 pm |
      • GlenR

        中国人是很好的中国人。你把你的坏女人比大多数美国人把他们的狗。

        March 12, 2014 at 1:08 pm |
    • lu

      Then you shouldn't live in SF, and you should not even live in the U.S. You should join the Nazis. Since you guys are perfect for each other.

      December 31, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Reply
      • lolette

        paranoea

        February 16, 2014 at 9:03 am |
      • Debra - TN

        I Agree!

        March 3, 2014 at 3:19 pm |
      • Chris Bordeman

        "Nazis"

        You lose.

        March 3, 2014 at 8:04 pm |
    • NorCalMojo

      I was on a work outing the other day. We were getting onto the coach. Everyone standing patiently in line to board the bus........except the Chinese.

      They were at the front shouldering in front of their coworkers.

      January 5, 2014 at 10:40 am | Reply
    • YesIamOpenlyChinese

      It works both ways. One hand does not clap

      January 5, 2014 at 8:02 pm | Reply
    • johnny .b. goode

      Let's finish islam 1st this demonic doctrinal filth of mass murder of the infidels/unbelievers/kafirs, slaughtered a little less than 1/4 of a billion Innocent human beings in the name of an Occult (underworld) doctrine called islam; then Mao and the CPP this murderous filth of a Commie regime, oh his name is Mao Zedong , nooo! His real name is Mousy Dong, a mouse that was a crazed Ding Song
      Johnny. b. Goode

      January 7, 2014 at 12:42 am | Reply
      • johnny .b. goode

        Correction : Ding Dong, he created a country where at least 80% of the inhabitants are under Commie mind control

        January 7, 2014 at 12:48 am |
      • Amanda

        In reality, the US government have killed many innocent people in the name of terrorist. So stop being so naive about the reality. Besides, it's stupid to criticize others without reflecting one's behavior.

        January 7, 2014 at 10:10 pm |
      • captain Bob

        Hey goode ding dong, what about cleaning the filth of this Earth starting with YOU. Read more facts and not just CNN crap before writing a bunch of nonsense.

        January 27, 2014 at 4:29 pm |
      • Glen

        I suggest you study up on the history of Christianity. When they were not busy killing unbelievers they were killing each other over who's version was the true one.

        February 24, 2014 at 4:35 pm |
      • KG

        Glen, the thing to note is that Christians learned from their mistakes. It is worth noting that if it weren't for the Catholic Church, the only book you would have likely read in your life is the Quran since Europe would have been overrun by Islam long ago. Also, radical Muslims don't just wage war, they kill innocent with suicide bombs, while conveniently neglecting the fact that their religion forbids suicide. So, they just changed it from suicide bombing to "self martyrdom". Talk about twisted. So lets work on getting rid of the radical Islamists so the rest of their faithful can learn to live in peace. As for the Chinese, their government's idea of paradise is an Orwellian world where the State has taken the place of God and the leaders covet power for power's sake. No thanks!

        March 2, 2014 at 8:28 am |
      • GlenR

        Really KG? So no Christians have killed other Christians or non Christians for how many years? Or even weeks?

        March 12, 2014 at 1:10 pm |
    • Brock MacLean

      test letter.

      January 13, 2014 at 9:08 pm | Reply
    • Brock MacLean

      I think we have a higher percentage of Chinese and other Asians here in Greater Vancouver, Canada. than what I observed in the Bay area. There are good and bad with the high numbers, but for the most part, I don;t see them as a drain on the social welfare state we have here now, but with the populations aging and the lack of English speaking Chinese seniors, this will a real problem in the future in the hospitals...

      January 13, 2014 at 9:12 pm | Reply
    • LeRoy Johnson

      Asians are the most RACIST people on the planet.
      I've traveled through Asia and they even hate each other.

      January 18, 2014 at 12:03 pm | Reply
      • Frank

        True, I've been living in Malaysia for 8 years now. They are super racist. Even among themselves.

        January 27, 2014 at 9:07 pm |
      • Agul

        Strongly disagree!

        March 3, 2014 at 11:03 am |
      • morgan

        THE MOST OR THE LESS, WE ARE IN SOME DEGREE ALL RACIST. AND THAT INCLUDES YOU. WHAT IS THE DIFERECE BETWEEN SOMEONE WHO STEALS $ 1, 000 AND SOMEONE WHO STEAL $ 100.000 ? BOTH ARE THIEVES. BEFORE YOU SAY SOMETHING ABOUT RACIST, TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF IN THE MIRROR.. THANKS.

        March 3, 2014 at 6:29 pm |
    • 祝源茂

      Chinese people are good, even though they have a little faults, but the Chinese should not be insulted.support

      February 4, 2014 at 7:19 am | Reply
    • OctopusRave

      Your post has to be the most hypocritical thing I have ever seen in any CNN article.

      February 12, 2014 at 5:10 pm | Reply
    • Will

      This is obviously a white racist trash. He should be sent back to his pure white and racist Europe.

      March 2, 2014 at 11:11 am | Reply
    • xpert

      tip: if you are a racist you should try and hide it. Otherwise you might get in trouble one day.

      March 2, 2014 at 5:41 pm | Reply
    • meh

      If you really believe that, then you should be very interested in fixing human rights' issues in China. The better they have it there, the less likely they will move to the US.

      March 9, 2014 at 10:46 am | Reply
    • David Miller

      Your considerate remark just proved that America is still the nastiest racist country on earth.

      March 9, 2014 at 2:01 pm | Reply
      • GlenR

        Obviously you've never been out of the country

        March 12, 2014 at 1:11 pm |
    • WhitiesUgh

      Europe is full of sick people! And those that immigrate to the U.S. are even worse. I live in San Francisco and this city is overrun by these xenophobes! They look on everyone who's not White as less than them and they are the rudest, nastiest people alive. We should band together and confine them to their country and make them stay there!!

      March 13, 2014 at 3:57 pm | Reply
  2. DRJJ

    Just read North Korea executed dozens of Christians last month because they had Bibles! They were marched into stadiums across the country, hooded and executed in front of 1000s! Why wasn't this in our National/World news??
    This is one evil SOB!

    December 16, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Reply
    • Brock MacLean

      wow...terrible...this if the first I have heard of this also...hmmm....so sad...

      January 13, 2014 at 9:13 pm | Reply
    • Topher

      well the bible is a pretty sick book full of metaphysical nonsense and no meaningful substance :(

      January 24, 2014 at 12:04 am | Reply
    • Glen

      And we should do what. Spend money and lives avenging your stupid missionary pals who should know better?

      February 24, 2014 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  3. Jet Falwell

    It is only that an escaping Chinese is convenient for pressure and money that China is inconvenient

    December 16, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  4. Chineban

    You should watch a oneself mirror before saying to another person whether China does not have the mirror

    December 16, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  5. DR Jack

    China should stop information control and oppression of a race; should be become democratic and pretend to be a foreign people; and of a threat and the crime it prays for China same as a Mafia becoming normal to get in the swing too much because many human beings do not know the Chinese as much as want to do it

    December 17, 2013 at 2:27 am | Reply
    • Amanda

      Funny enough, all I can hear from the rest of the world is to demand the US Government to explain why they are spied on. Nobody seems to complain about the Chinese for that. What is going on?

      January 7, 2014 at 10:15 pm | Reply
      • mm

        Because they found out that the US is a hypocrite. One hand with a stone behind its back and the other hand pointing its finger at others. For China, everyone expected it.

        January 27, 2014 at 4:41 pm |
      • Glen

        Yet not a single country said 'we don't spy' or 'we will now refuse all US intelligence'. The whining of EU leaders was solely for their own domestic political purposes.

        February 24, 2014 at 4:39 pm |
  6. Jiang

    And to think some Americans still defend China, I lived there for YEARS and I still prefer it over here (though Obama needs to go).

    December 20, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Reply
    • Glen

      Yet you are still here. Why don't you post a list of Chinese websites that allow you to post your opinion?

      February 24, 2014 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  7. No Chinese

    USA should not allow Chinese to immigrate – neither Koreans or any other country that is not in NATO alliance. That way we would secure jobs, generate even new jobs, improve the GDP growth, reduce unemployment, export more Made in USA and import less foreign wares, become more influential and bring peace to many places.

    December 27, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Reply
    • mm

      Well ... keep dreaming.

      January 27, 2014 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  8. Sskkk6

    Does any one knows that another crisis in the USA is coming in 2014? USA now is no more so called "democratic" country anymore, check the media there, there are always one-side stories about itself and the emerging world, especially bad news about China, even China achieved a lot and USA borrowed ton of money from China. That is the reason why there was no any alarm signal from US main stream media until 2008 crisis came. If the people could not get real info how could them build up a clear mind to choose the right person and leadership? Want to get real Chinese info? Please refer to Mr. Eric X. Li's 2013 speech in YouTube and about new crisis refer to Jim Rogers & Peter Schiff

    December 28, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  9. Sskkk6

    US people, please know that your government borrows a lot of money from China, a non-democratic country or a country with dictatorship who always reported as violating the human right. And now your main stream media and even you also like to blame your biggest loaner without any shame? What happened now in the world? And where is the rule of law that Westerns used to follow in the USA? Behave like a man and Be polite to your loaner, please!

    December 28, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Reply
  10. Katy

    If I generalize any race I am sorry, but I think Indians or people from that origin are the nicest people I have met in my life.
    I hope the rest of the World can learn how to love each other, be more humane.

    December 29, 2013 at 4:23 am | Reply
    • Victor Gablehouse

      Yup Indians are very nice except when they r_a_p_e you.

      January 4, 2014 at 2:31 am | Reply
      • Bravoyouracist

        well well well, apparantly you guys have left your brave citizen Snowden behind before you balabala here about those censorship carried out by China.

        January 6, 2014 at 3:22 am |
    • Amanda

      Let's be reasonable to others.

      January 7, 2014 at 10:19 pm | Reply
  11. francisssekitto

    Reblogged this on Ssekitto's thoughts.

    December 30, 2013 at 3:19 am | Reply
  12. globeharmony

    Another topic may be more interesting,

    How US media manipulate, control, and distribute the flow of one-sided information in mass to aid its politics and hegemony under its transnational corporate state.

    January 4, 2014 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  13. Deryk Houston

    It is very difficult to make a comment about immigration without being branded a racist.
    I feel it is important to ask what happens to a country if it allows immigration from one country to totally dominate the numbers of immigrants coming into ones country. All countries have different values and beliefs on how a country should be run. Some countries believe in democracy and some firmly believe that if you want to get anything done without being paralyzed, you need to have the government make decisions for the people. Countries are not the same. I know I wouldn't want to be tried in court in many countries. Some would prefer to hang a few innocent people as long as it meant that none of the guilty ones got away.
    Some countries value real estate profits over views of mountains.
    We have to agree that we have different values in many areas.
    I believe that growing countries should keep a balance of different nations in it's immigration policy. That way one group does not smother the diversity. I believe that it is quite possible to create a situation where a country could lose control of it's democratic system, our court system and other values that we hold dearly. These are important I think.
    It is difficult to write this in a way without sounding racist. Please keep in mind that I believe that a country should be made up of all nations.
    Everyone should be welcomed and loved. I am just saying that we must keep a balance.
    Otherwise we could end up with a country that has changed completely, perhaps one that believes the government should not be elected.
    Diversity and balance is the key.

    January 5, 2014 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  14. Bravoyouracist

    逗逼们你们好 Snowden says hello to you all.

    January 6, 2014 at 3:29 am | Reply
  15. Bravoyouracist

    wellwellwell, you guys must have left your brave citizen Mr Snowden behind when you balabala here about cencorship carried out by Chinese government.

    January 6, 2014 at 3:30 am | Reply
  16. michael

    This is our "most favored nation." Let's raise another Champagne Toast to the great and wonderful peoples democratic republic of red china.

    January 12, 2014 at 6:38 pm | Reply
  17. jay

    White man killed so many American Indians,and America is indian's. you have no right to refuse Chinese pouring to US. You racist.

    January 13, 2014 at 10:45 am | Reply
    • Wakjob

      If you dont like whites coming to America, then stop using internet, PC, tablets, mobile phones, airplanes, no more flying, no more light bulbs, no more anything. Because white Americans invented it all. If whites had not come to America, Chinese would not even have jobs today.

      Unlike Chinese, who pour in and steal and rob, whites actually came to USA and worked and produced.

      Chinese are world's #1 class-A THIEVES.

      January 15, 2014 at 12:20 pm | Reply
      • Armageddon

        As your name suggests you are a wakjob, first of all you should know that the Chinese have invented the most important thing for the Whites to become as powerful as they are today. Gunpowder. Without the inventions of the east you would not be here today so shut up and get your facts right, Secondly according to statistics immigrants of Asian descent, i.e Chinese and Indians, have the highest incomes in the U.S. ANd that the percentage of whites in prison for felonies and misdemeanors are the highest in the country for any ethnic group. So you should be glad that the indians and Chinese are here propping up your economy.

        February 3, 2014 at 1:53 pm |
      • brian028

        Chinese only rediscovered gun powder. Indias Mahabharata describe explosives long before the Chinese made mention of it. Only one thing that could have been described in the Mahabharata is weapons derived from using gun powder.

        February 17, 2014 at 6:17 pm |
  18. Wakjob

    Chinese "Guest Worker" Steals $100 Million In Trade Secrets

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2010/07/accused_spy_fro.html

    WORCESTER - A federal judge in Worcester is pondering whether to grant bail to a 45-year-old Westborough man who, in a highly unusual case,

    is accused of economic espionage for allegedly sending trade secrets about insecticides to China. Kexue Huang faces a dozen counts of economi

    espionage to benefit a foreign government or instrumentality, as well as five counts of interstate or foreign transport of stolen property. Assistant

    US Attorney Scott Garland said only six or seven people had ever been charged with the crime. He said the value of the information that Huang

    allegedly passed on exceeded $100 million. The allegations mainly concern the period from January 2003 to February 2008, when Huang

    worked at Dow Chemical in Indiana. Huang allegedly conveyed the information to Hunan Normal University, prosecutors said today at a bail hearing in federal court in Worcester.

    January 15, 2014 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  19. JJ

    Let's see the US government reaches out to US and foreign press in order to try and get them to not publish leaked information that the government deems "dangerous." CNN complies. US reach out to cable providers around the world trying to discourage them from carrying programming that the US government deems to be inappropriate. Ask CNN why the pick up news leads from almost everyone except Al Jazeera. Maybe Mr. Zakaria should look at his own employer.

    January 23, 2014 at 7:55 am | Reply
  20. JJ

    Let's see; the US government reaches out to newspapers both in the US and world wide to pressure them not to publish information that it thinks is "harmful to the state."

    January 23, 2014 at 9:13 am | Reply
  21. Mike

    I don't know if the following circa-1992 incident was due to China's request to keep a visit of 30 top-ranking Chinese military officers to California military bases censored, but I personally saw these same Chinese generals and aides as they landed at the Disneyland Hotel parking lot aboard three USMC CH-46 transport helicopters that had flown from El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. The irony of Chinese Communist military leaders being ferried to have fun at Disneyland aboard helicopters that were used during the Vietnam War. The Disneyland visit was kept quiet and not publicized to the press.

    February 3, 2014 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  22. Steve

    Chinese people are much like us. I've worked with some, many years ago, on a cultural event and they were the most polite and professional people. I've also had contact with the rude, get out of my way types, but I find the Chinese are on the whole very friendly. They also know, and are embarrassed, that many Americans are aware that the Communist government, under Mao, killed more people than Hitler and Stalin put together in WWII. Just like us, they have the good, the bad and the ugly. The good in all people always rises to the top.

    February 4, 2014 at 3:55 pm | Reply
    • acrobe

      I hope you're right.

      February 8, 2014 at 12:23 pm | Reply
  23. justmeandonlyme

    I wonder where my post went.. alls I said was Id like to see some more Asian ass in this country !!

    February 9, 2014 at 8:12 pm | Reply
  24. jeff forsythe

    The brutal Chinese Communist Party has murdered over fifty million of its own people since 1949, since 1999 it has been attempting the blood-thirsty genocide of the tens of millions of innocent Falun Gong who live in Mainland China. To this end, the heinous CCP is using torture,slavery, organ harvesting and murder. Because of corporate greed, these atrocities and millions of others have been kept from the Western people by the Western media. The weak United Nations even appointed the brutal CCP a seat on its Human Rights Council this year. Shameful. Thank you for your concern.

    February 12, 2014 at 10:21 am | Reply
  25. PA

    Every once a while CNN throws out some negative things about China to please the China-haters who behave like hungry sharks waiting for any trace of blood.
    What China (or the > 1 billion Chinese) did to YOUR life to deserve so much hate from you?
    Chinese immigrants come to this nation legally, paying tax, obeying the law, what's wrong with that?
    Asians, Chinese included, only account for a small portion of the US population, much less than the white, black, and Hispanic. How exactly are Chinese people taking over this beautiful country of YOURS?
    How does it make you sick and angry seeing a Chinese women pregnant or with babies? Don’t they have the same human right as yourself or any other human beings?
    Oh I got it, it’s internet, where you can say anything you want. But people, please read your own comments, like looking at yourself in the mirror.

    February 17, 2014 at 4:33 pm | Reply
    • chineseMao

      get serious, alot of chinese are ILLEGAL immigrants. did you convi=eniently forget they were shipped here in containers?

      March 2, 2014 at 11:25 pm | Reply
      • PA

        Of course there are illegal immigrants from China, as well as many other developing countries, but this whole discussion started with Chinese government censorship and was then hijacked by massive and nasty comments on Chinese people in America and the whole race of Chinese. If your problem was with illegal immigrants then we don't disagree with each other.

        March 6, 2014 at 11:15 pm |
  26. umish

    The chinese are more xenophobic than any group i had to deal with , on top of being nasty, rude, inconsiderate one tract minded and stubborn. Imposible to negotiate with nor trust them to do a deal even if signed. Worse that the Asisan indians..

    March 3, 2014 at 2:22 pm | Reply
    • PA

      I too had the fortune to witness people that are "nasty, rude, inconsiderate one tract minded and stubborn", but they were not Chinese. Asian Indians that I know are almost all very friendly, to the very opposite of your description.

      March 6, 2014 at 11:36 pm | Reply
  27. morgan

    I live in bay area & I see so many diferent faces like no other places in the world & I like it. Many of us coming from very diferent cultures like myself. Im asian grown up in latinoamerica. My parent were a very open mind individuals and always told me to understand and respect others cultures even with behaviors we don't like ( like cutting in front of you @ bus line or markt line , o spitting openly in public ). And yes, we are racist. Like the rest of the world. Who is not in some degree ?
    But this cnn article is about government censorship. What is all this fuss about culture ? In the era of massive fly transportation, we live in a very complicated world of culture clash. Lets don't make it worse. This the way I see. Thanks

    March 3, 2014 at 6:17 pm | Reply
  28. John Savard

    This article is about the Chinese government, not about Chinese people, so immigration has absolutely nothing to do with it.

    March 9, 2014 at 11:35 pm | Reply
  29. GlenR

    China can whine all they want. If any media executive actually listens to them then it's their own fault.

    The only leverage China has is to prevent publications from being sold in China. They already do that.

    So if media executives want to put profit first and kiss chinese butt then they are no better than the Chinese government.

    March 12, 2014 at 12:59 pm | Reply
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