For someone who likes to spin it for the negative on Shifang, we get:
So Shifang has environmentally aware, political active, digitally native, fearless student protesters. Beijing must realize that this is an extremely dangerous mix.
Godfree Roberts, as someone who I think gets China responds:
So Shifang has environmentally aware, political active, digitally native, fearless student protesters. Beijing must be very proud. It has taken only 60 years for them to go from 95% illiteracy to this. And, with a trust and approval rating of 85%–95% (Pew, Edelman, Harvard) they can afford to take a relaxed point of view.
Many China pundits have been predicting the Internet will topple the Chinese government. Remember those nonsense during the dot com boom? Now Eric Schmidt of Google thinks Android and smart phones will offer that opportunity. I simply don’t understand this infatuation with undermining the Chinese government.
Anyways, I wanted to get a few words in before heading off to China. Will be blogging from there in the coming weeks.