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10 Days In Beijing Air

The vice Dean of China Law University, He Bing put this photo on his blog: after 10 days' use, he washed his new air purifier, this is the result.

Thousands of Chinese bloggers have passed this photo around, and wonder how their lungs take all this in just days?!

Business booming!! ... On 4th Dec, Taobao, a Chinese online shop sold 30 thousands fabric face musks,  3 times the number of sales of past 2 weeks; on 5th Dec it sold 80 thousand face masks, 30 thousand to Beijing buyers. The sale of air filters also  increased by a multiple of 5.

Mr. He Bing's family live at the outer circle of the Beijing CBD, "five ring" area,  marked with red line below.

Unfortunately: The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) published their finding:

Beijing -- The most livable city in Mainland China

Microsoft Bing Accused of Aiding Chinese Communist Censorship PDF Print E-mail
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Microsoft’s search engine Bing appears to be censoring information for Chinese language users in the US in the same way it filters results in mainland China.

The Guardian reports that searches first conducted by anti-censorship campaigners at FreeWeibo, a tool that allows uncensored search of Chinese blogs, found that Bing returns radically different results in the US for English and simplified Chinese language searches on a series of sensitive topics.

These include Dalai Lama, June 4 incident, Tiananmen Square, Falun Gong and FreeGate, a popular internet workaround for government censorship.

A Chinese language search for the Dalai Lama (达赖喇嘛) on Bing leads with a link to information on a documentary compiled by CCTV, the Chinese regime's mouthpiece, which, of course, praises China’s "liberation" of Tibet.

Greatfire.org. author Charlie Smith said he had originally discovered the discrepancies while checking for information on his own website, FreeWeibo.com, a site which circumvents communist censorship.

“The first thing we noticed was our index page was not showing up. It specifically did not show the homepage. But it was in Google,” he said.

“It’s a bit crazy. Any Chinese person who is searching in Chinese from overseas is being treated as if they have the same rights as a resident of mainland China. So we won’t show them the accurate search results if they search for Dalai Lama. What you get is state controlled propaganda,” he said. “Except they don’t tell you the results have been censored. If you were in China they would at least tell you that.”

“We thought there had been a mistake so we wrote to Microsoft and they said ‘no comment,’” he said.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 February 2014 13:18
 

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