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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

China: If you can't beat them, join them

China's authorities are aware that the protests against Japan are organised to a great deal via SMS.

It is tough controlling those conversations, but well, in an attempt to appeal to the "masses" the police asked potential protesters for more patriotism.

"Tens of millions of Chinese clicked open a text message on their mobile phones on Saturday and guessed that it must be a notice from their main provider, China Mobile. Or perhaps from a friend, but with the number hidden. They received a surprise. The message was from the police."

The message said:

"Express patriotism rationally. Don’t take part in illegal protests. Don’t make trouble. Help by not creating trouble, love the nation by not breaking the law."

Is this now a sign of China's total control or a sign that the leaders reach out to create some calmness.

(By Asia Business Consulting)