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China's public diplomacy tested



19 January 2010 13:20

As far as I'm aware, we are still yet to hear anything substantive from Beijing on the Google question. That may be because, as Kaiser Kuo suggested in our interview, Google has the goods on Beijing. Or it may be that, as James Fallows has said, the Government is just not very good at crisis management.

One data point for the latter theory is that, after the Chinese military shot down one of its own satellites in January 2007 in a test of a new anti-satellite weapon, it took the authorities several days to respond to worldwide indignation over the test. But just to show that Chinese authorities are capable of learning and adapting, here's a Washington Post story pointing out that Beijing's public response to a recent military test (of missile defence technology) has been much more reassuring.

On the flipside, as I pointed out last week, it seems China has learned nothing from the Melbourne Film Festival controversy. They're now using the same heavy-handed tactics with the organisers of the Palm Springs film festival.

UPDATE: Looks like China Daily, the Government's English-language newspaper, has opened up on the Google issue, along predictable lines.

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