Today the Chinese government allowed a small expat anti-war protest in Beijing. Even the English language China Daily has reported on it, albeit it in an alternate reality way with regard to the stopped Chinese student protestors. Some delicate balancing going on here between the government criticising the US, stroking the US to make sure it doesn’t get upset, and not setting a precedent for local protests.
The World Health Organisation website worryingly vanished behind the Great Firewall yesterday. I’m hoping this is because of politicing about the status of Taiwan, rather than government covering something up. I think that the day before yesterday the SARS infection table listed Taiwan as a separate country, whereas now it is magically a province of China, but I’m not sure. Anyway, at least it’s back up today.