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Internet will return to Xinjiang

Let a thousand websites bloom
Thu Dec 31 2009, 13:30

INTERNET SERVICES are gradually being restored in western China after the government hit the off switch during civil unrest earlier this year.

According to reports the Chinese government plans to slowly make online services available again to the computers of the citizens that it cut off this summer, and will widen availability if users behave themselves. Incredibly, since we take such things for granted, this includes the sending of SMS messages, the making of long distance phone calls, and access to the most basic of websites.

The press office of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region published the report, and we saw it at China Tech News. According to reports, communications and Internet services in Xinjiang will gradually recover in the coming months.

We considered using Google's Translate option to decode the original statement, but it is in Chinese and we thought that the statement filtered through Google's 'flexible when it comes to China' mantra 'Don't Be Evil' could throw the tool into a moral dilemma from which it might not recover.

Still, never mind Facebook, the first sites to be reopened to citizens in Xinjiang will be, the official website of People's Daily, and, the official website of Xinhua News Agency. There is as yet no word on Twitter, so that's more good news for residents. µ



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