2 Political Reasons Why China Should Stop Blocking Social MediaPosted: August 21, 2014
China seems to have little remorse about violating several World Trade Organization principles of free trade and open market access. Its citizens’ are forbidden to access to foreign sites—including social media sites—while foreigners are able to access Chinese sites. Aynne Kokas, an expert on Chinese Internet policies at Rice University in Texas, says this is contributable to the expanding trade gap between America and China. “[China’s] own rising powers on the Web are not only free to operate across the U.S., but also have raised more than $40 billion on U.S. stock exchanges,” she said.
Turkish and Chinese Social Media Users Bypass Crackdowns
This video produced by PBS News Hour features First Lady Michelle Obama in China; she spoke to professors and students about the importance of free speech to the strength of a country’s voice.
China has incurred some major long-term consequences pertaining to basic human rights and trade relations, here’s what I consider to be the top two.
1. Repression of Individual Freedoms
China’s cyber-border guards demonstrate a lead repression of individual online freedoms, according to Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, a legal scholar who was a senior adviser on WTO issues to the EU leadership. Here are some realities of the situation.
- Reports indicate that internet usage in China is patrolled by tens of thousands of cyber-sentries.
- China prevents 600 million internet users from joining Facebook, emailing sites, and photo sharing sites.
- Cyber users are blocked from over 18,000 worldwide websites.
- Cyber blockages are only prevent mainland readers from visiting foreign websites, not prevent foreigners from accessing Chinese sites.
2. Diminishing International Trade Relationships
The United States has taken some major action against China in the last few months. U.S. officials say Chinese spies are responsible for nearly $300 billion a year in stolen intellectual property and lost business to American companies, and who have cost Americans jobs. They’ve launched a counterintelligence campaign against China. U.S. hackers at the National Security Agency (NSA) have broken into Chinese computers in order to find out what information has been stolen from American companies
– bring criminal charges against foreign government officials
– sophisticated cyber sleuthing and the cooperation of American companies, which are willing to work with federal investigators and explain what damage they suffered as the victims of economic espionage.
– appealing to Chinese courts after indicting 5 Chinese militants for cyber espionage, China still maintains its blocks on foreign cyber platforms.