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Chinese authorities shut out Google and other foreign internet platforms, allowing homegrown alternatives like Tencent Holdings to dominate the Chinese market. '

No, they did not.

Facebook is blocked in China because of the 2009 Urumqi Riot, a racial/religious riot that killed over 200 civilians and injured thousands more. Obviously, if a guy says, I’m pissed and I’m going to take my kitchen knife to the street, it wouldn’t have resulted in so many people dead or injured, right? So it had to be a coordinated act by a group of people. Well, it turned out that the coordination was done through Facebook. So the Chinese Government went to Facebook, and asked them to cooperate with the Police. Facebook said, "Meh, freedom fighters. Those dead women and children are just unfortunate collateral in the fight for freedom.

The Chinese Government said, you have a week to change your mind.

Facebook said, forget it, we're not changing our commitment to free speech and China said, bye-bye.

Google issued an ultimatum to the Chinese Government on January 12, 2010, by announcing that it was no longer willing to confirm to China’s censorship laws, publicly: “We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all.”

The Chinese Government was totally blindsided and, for a time, it looked like the Government was going to cave. It was trying to think on its feet, given the short time window Google issued. All sorts of rumors were flying everywhere.

But the timing of this public showdown couldn’t be worse. Just 6 months earlier was the Urumqi Riot, with hundreds dead and thousands injured. And the US companies such as Facebook publicly supported the “freedom fighters”. So when push came to shove, the Chinese Government said, we’d be sorry to see you go, but all companies operating in China must follow Chinese Laws. So Google left.

The riot is the reason that not only Google and Facebook, but also Twitter and Youtube, got blocked in China. Mind you that 7 years prior to this massive riot, 22 Uyghurs were captured at an Al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan by the US, where they vehemently proclaimed that their training was only meant to be used in China, and that they would never use this training against the US because they were counting on the US support.

The position of the Chinese Government, to put it bluntly, is that they can operate in China but they can’t be an instrument to starting a civil war or a “regime change”. That’s the position of the Chinese government, and it’s just not going to change, you know.

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