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Words To The Wise

Waiting for me in my (very comfortable and well appointed) hotel room in Beijing was a friendly notice from the Public Security Bureau.  In addition to some helpful advice about what to do in case of fire or other disaster, and a warning not to bring guns or explosive chemicals into the rooms, comes the following important point, quoted verbatim:

“In China, prostituting, gambling, drug taking and so on are all against the law.”

The prostituting, gambling and drug taking I understand, and have no plans to do anything of the kind while here.  It’s the “and so on” that has me a bit worried.

Radioactive substances, cutting tools and ‘hyper toxic’ substances are also forbidden.  On the whole, I’m relieved.

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  • BigFire

    Oh, just think how much is covered by ‘and so on’. Use common sense. If it offend the Chinese government, wait until you’re out of the country before airing that view. And I don’t need to remind you that their definition of espionage is quit vary depending on who you’re talking to.

  • dan berg

    If you get to Qingdao, call me.

  • WigWag

    I wonder whether or not Professor Mead has played around on the internet while in China to see what website he can access and what website might be censored or even blocked.

    Professor Mead might chose to click on this link to see if he can access it.

    I’m just curious what the state of internet censorship in China currently is.

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