Shanghai’s Free Trade Zone has had an on-again–off-again relationship with internet freedom over the past few weeks, and now Qianhai may be stepping into the game as well. Officials in charge of the Qianhai Special Economic Zone, dubbed ‘mini-Hong Kong,’ have announced that their region will soon have access to an unrestricted internet.
Reuters investigated the officials’ claims and reports:
“In Qianhai, we will be able to see what they can see in Hong Kong,” said Wang Jinxia, director of the research and innovation centre of the Qianhai Authority, which is overseeing the proposed $45 billion financial zone in southern China.
“We will strive for an exclusive international communication channel in which information won’t be filtered,” he said, adding that Facebook and Twitter would be available. […]
“We’re not worried about Shanghai … It will help promote Qianhai and shows the determination of China to reform,” said Wang, who is also a spokesman for the Qianhai Authority.
After numerous false-starts on similiar anti-censorship claims, we’re starting to get a bit cynical; nevertheless, Qianhai bureaucrats should know that the Facebook/Twitter/NYTimes VPN-crowd is firmly pulling for them to get their acts together and follow through on these statements.
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