no more Chinese walls
I was delighted to see today that the BBC website is now accessible from China. It was one of the frustrations on my last trip to Shangahi that it had been blocked by the Chinese government and all the more so because I patiently kept re-trying to access it convinced that there was a connection error until the penny dropped.
Of course, being China, the government have never officially confirmed that it was blocked in the first place, or indeed that it has been unblocked now, but it’s been over a decade since the Chinese people could access the BBC News website from China. (Interestingly I found no such problem with CNN when I was there).
Of course the government have promised to make reporting easier for foreign journalists in the run-up to the Beijing games and this is clearly the first step. For businesses like Tamar who are investing in China and its huge online population this can only be good news. I specifically wanted our China office to be up and running in good time for the Olympics as I felt it would inevitably open up China to the rest of the world. This step looks small but I feel it’s significant and I’m waiting for further developments with interest…