China's Vietnam Problem

China's Vietnam Problem

Yesterday morning news broke that anti-Chinese protests had turned violent overnight, resulting in the deaths of at least two (and perhaps as many as 16) Chinese workers, injuries to at least 100 others, and significant damage to Chinese, Taiwanese, and South Korean factories. Yet in China, ostensible target of the violence, the mayhem wasn’t news at all. In fact, even China’s Internet savvy microbloggers had trouble gathering information on an event that everywhere else in Asia was top-of-the-fold news. Frustration, insofar as it could be expressed, appeared on Chinese social networks – and then was quickly censored.

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