Sunday, 21 October 2007

Hello Beijing!

I notice that today the Great Firewall of China has been breached for one and that I've had a visitor to the site from Beijing. Welcome to my blogsite.

I hope that many more Chinese citizens will be able to join you and see what other foreigners have to say about goings on in China and our concerns about the human rights situation and the need for it to dramatically improve. If you think I'm hardline on human rights you should read what others of my colleagues are saying. Some are already calling for a boycott of the 2008 Olympics on human rights grounds.

I haven't gone that far but believe that you should be held up to higher standards as you promised you would in 2001 when you won the right to host the games.

Instead I suspect that it might be used as an opportunity to refuse me a visa in the future but we shall see.


Jock Coats said...

Interesting - I got one a few weeks ago too. When I did a lookup on it it appeared to be something official - some government office of one of the provinces. So I decided not to make a fuss of it!

Toby Philpott said...

I suspect that they are looking at what people are saying regarding the Olympics. They are a bit worried that bloggers influence opinion in the West and they don't like it.

I'm sure that there will be some come back at some point soon. They will undoubtedly be building a file on me somewhere.