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The Chinese censored Obama's inauguration.

Seriously. One of my better-liked magazine writers, living in China, posted a couple things on his blog about it:

I have been more affected by the preceding 2.5 years in China than I thought. For instance: ...I would have taken it for granted if certain live dispatches from the US or Europe suddenly disappeared from the screen.... But from within the US on this trip, I realize that it's actually quite incredible that Chinese broadcast authorities-- representing the world's most populous nation, the one whose relations with the U.S. will make a huge difference to the entire world's future, the country that presented itself to all other countries as a full, major, mature power with its Olympic games -- would pull the plug on live coverage of Barack Obama's inaugural address just because Obama began talking about the virtues of dissent.

More here and in his second post about it. There's also the question of whether Chinese authorities rip open your mail packages too.

UPDATE as of 3:30 this afternoon: They can change their mind, it seems.

UPDATE #2 as of 2:42 Saturday afternoon: Either that, or they just can't make it up!


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