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Friday, October 26, 2012
Chinese ignorance and hypocrisy in full flower
Last weekend, Sunday's New York Times had two full-page advertisements in it, I noticed.
One was from, by and for Saudi Arabia, so we'd like them more and, I'm sure, so our business people would invest more in their country.
The second was for the same reasons and was by and for China.
It struck me as interesting at the time and I very nearly wrote about the two ads just because I thought it interesting and unusual.
I got busy and now I write about one of them--the Chinese one--for completely different reasons that happened to break late yesterday. This is it:
China Blocks Web Access to Times After Article
While this is the article they're blocking:
Billions in Hidden Riches for Family of Chinese Leader
It is unclear how much Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, who has staked a position as a populist and a reformer, knows about the $2.7 billion in assets his family has amassed. (Links at bottom)
How ironic--and even hypocritical--is that?
First the Chinese are spending what I'm sure is big money to impress us Americans to invest in their country and think of them differently and then this. They shut down a report on the possible or even likely corruption of one of their leaders.
Considering this, that there is no freedom of the press--or, likely, any real freedom there--and that businesses can be and sometimes are taken over by the government, no questions asked, how can they advertise to us like that?