To the best of my knowledge, same-sex relationships are not illegal in China, so I'm not sure what that officer thinks he is going on about as far as "advocating" homosexuality. Curious.
I have the impression that China actually doesn't have that
much Internet to monitor. And where they do, they are kind of inept at it.
By which I mean... Half the population still has very low income and spending a great deal of time online is not something everyone can afford. I am in a smaller city only a few hours' drive from Xian, but I probably spend just slightly less than half what many average workers make each month on my 3G connection! Some universities (including mine) have infrastructure such that their faculty or certain departments can get online, but they are not generally super high speed. I have a campus link in my apartment in fact, and even the 3G is faster. I wouldn't touch a newer MMO with the 3G... But with the regular wired
campus connection, I can barely do more than read email and text-heavy sites (and even that, often crawls). They don't have all that many lines, I am told.
On top of all that, if you're not familiar... China actually blocks
what feels like at least half the internet from simple viewing -- it all comes up "page is not available." Not only Facebook and Youtube, but they shut off whole domains that have been used for one thing or another they apparently didn't like, like say Wordpress. Some they actually seem to turn off and on again. There was a while when I needed tunnel software to access Elliquiy, but now it seems to be regularly available again. Saavy people know ways to get around all this with proxies. But not everyone is so saavy or working on a computer they can install stuff on, and again certain proxies can slow the connection down too. There are also some sites that don't allow certain proxies because someone
or other out of thousands of users, somewhere-wherever, used them to do something naughty to the site.
... So when the Chinese government says they are going to manage a site, first that assumes they are even going to let their public see it such that anyone "should" be talking about it at all... And after that, they have to be able to get control of it. I assume they're talking there about posts on PRC-based domain servers. However, personally I'm more interested in sites based outside
China. So maybe my view is skewed. I'm not trying to set up publishing on anything inside the country!
Naturally, if the question is freedom for people who are working on PRC-based sites, there it's pretty sketchy.
As for the economy... I believe it's starting to slow down, along with most everyone else in the more globalized parts of the world. Still growing (something over 7%
), but not making everyone as impressed as it once did. And there are still tremendous internal challenges like corruption, low quality products including some foods and medicines outright faked, persistently upset ethnic groups (the Uighurs have been attacking every so often this year), and horrendous environmental pollution.