After Tunisia, CCP regime takes precautionary measures

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By Willy Lam,

The chances are extremely low that anything resembling the Jasmine Revolution that has shaken Tunisia — and is spreading to Egypt — might erupt in the People’s Republic of China.

It is a measure of the lack of confidence of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership, however, that the party-and-state apparatus has taken steps to guard against a people power-style uprising from happening.

The CCP Department of Propaganda has given out orders to all official media to reduce reporting on the unrest in Africa. In view of the role that Facebook and Twitter have played in turning out protesters in Cairo and other Egyptian cities, the cyber division of the Ministry of Public Security has stepped up surveillance on the activities of China’s 450 million Netizens. This is despite the fact that Western social Net platforms have already been banned in the country.

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao talks with petitioners at the lobby of the State Bureau for Letters and Calls in Beijing in a Xinhua photo released on Jan. 24. / AP/Xinhua, Li Tao

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