Saturday, March 31, 2012

China Atwitter

If nothing happened in Peking, what is Peking so nervous about?

China started a sweeping crackdown of its vibrant social networking media over the weekend, detaining six people, closing 16 Web sites and shutting off the comment function for two gigantic microblogs.

The campaign, which was announced late Friday and put in place in stages through Saturday, was directly linked to the political instability that has gripped China since one of its most charismatic politicians, Bo Xilai, lost his post in mid-March. That spurred rumors of a coup, which the government-run Xinhua news agency cited as the reason for the measures.

Curious to say the least. And worrisome for a country that would be a world power.