Thursday, November 17, 2005

What is going on with China?

Good news has been coming out of China recently surrounding its turn toward a market-oriented economy, but then I hear rumors of the supression of religion and a general intolerance toward freedom of speech.

It is difficult to know exactly what is going on, especially when Beijing is blocking foreign newspapers.

And, internet users in China cannot access this article on the Buddha's daughter, "princess" Renji, the daughter of the tenth Panchen Lama. She is a twenty-year-old poli-sci major at American University with a penchant for Prada, Gucci, and Mercedes-Benz.

Did I mention she has action-movie star Steven Seagal acting as her protector?

Is she the Chinese version of Paris Hilton? Could they be right in restricting the freedom of the press in this instance? No, but now that I've brought up Paris Hilton's name I'm sure they have some sympathizers.

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