New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman said he has wrestled with how soon China will open its information ecosystem to allow a much freer flow of uncensored news. “I confess that I’ve been too optimistic,” he added.
Friedman said he’s not sure whether he’s guilty of:
- premature optimism about something that is necessary and inevitable;
- utter naïveté about something that is highly improbable; or
- wishing for something that is impossible.
He concluded, “I still hope it’s 1. I fear it’s 2. And I despair if it’s 3.”
A Firstpost article said China deployed tanks to prevent people from withdrawing money from crisis-hit banks. And NBC said graphic assault footage from China renewed anger over violence against women “in a country where calls for gender equality are often suppressed by the ruling Communist Party.”
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