Over the last few days, since the start of the first so-called “Jasmine Revolution” protests, we’ve been actively tracking the Net Nanny’s behaviour. Search results for a whole bunch of newly-sensitive words have become filtered, including the Chinese names of US Ambassador Jon Huntsman and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Two days before the second nationwide “stroll” was to start, we broke the news that “Wangfujing” had also become a sensitive word.
Now it appears China’s top video-sharing sites Youku and Tudou have also jumped in on the action, deactivating the search for a video of President Hu Jintao singing the song What a Beautiful Jasmine with Chinese-language students at a Confucius Institute in Nairobi, Kenya back in 2006. It’s a pity nobody on this side of the Great Firewall will ever know what a great singer the president is, but fortunately, for those of us with a VPN, there’s always Youtube. So without further ado, may we present to you Hu and the kids, singing the song of the day:
While we’re at it, we thought we might as well show you a few more different renditions by various musicians. Sit back and enjoy the little musical extravaganza we’ve prepared for you, after the jump…
Song Zuying, often nicknamed the 国母, or “Mother of China” (because of allegations of an affair with former President Jiang Zemin), live at the Kennedy Center in 2006
Vienna Boys Choir in Korea (2002):
The 12 Girls Band playing a jazzed up, sexed up version:
And here’s a violin, cello and harp trio for those of you that like it a bit more classical:
US pianist Robert van Horne’s solo is simple, minimalist and beautiful: