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Originally posted by canchin at 2006-10-29 15:53
So, China needs your - or someone else's perhaps - permission to be "on the internet" in whatever manner China chooses, does she?
Yes. China was allowed to join the internet only in 1994, as the USDoS signed the agreement (after China bribed American companies to come and build the infrastructures needed). Initially Clinton wanted to not only disallow China to join (because of the events five years earlier), but also ban trade altogether with China. There you go.
Now, since Clinton did the right thing and opted for influence through cooperation, I think you should reciprocate a bit instead of displaying this hubris.
Here's a news flash for you...China is a sovereign nation. China has the right to do what she wants, when she wants, and with whatever suits her to do with anything that impacts, effects, enters or leaves China either as physical, intellectual, spiritual, cyber, or whatever.
China can do whatever it wants within its borders, but if it wants to partake in a global (outside China's borders) network, it has to abide by the rules. Switching China off the internet is as easy as deleting one line in any of the root servers (neither of which reside in China, for very obvious reasons). Build your own intertubes!
Odd isn't it though that a foreigner would be so pompous and self-important as to think that the foreigner has the right to dictate to China what she and her people can or cannot do?
The rules for the internet are easy: there are no rules. If you want to change that, then build your own intahweb! The thing is thus quite the opposite of what you state: YOU want to change the free flow of information because YOU have a political problem, whereas the free world doesn't.