Sunday, September 16, 2012

State Media Supports People's Calls to Boycott Japanese Goods, Sina Weibo Stops Censoring "Boycott Japanese Goods"

A "Boycott Japanese Goods" Sign at Protest in Front of
Japanese Embassy on September 15, 2012

On September 14, 2012, the state-sponsored Global Times publish an op-ed by Shen Yi (沈逸 - a "scholar" at Fudan University) asking: "Besides 'Boycotting Japanese Goods,' What Else Can We Do?" (除了“抵制日货”,我们还能做什么). An excerpt:
As the Diaoyu Island incident heats up, calls to "boycott Japanese goods" are on the rise, and this is a projection of the deeply rooted historical memory of the pain and suffering of the Chinese people.
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As for China, from the government to the people, we might as well establish a Japanese tycoon blacklist, and with the assistance of the China's immense Internet data-mining capabilities, find out those who are lurking behind the curtain, and not allow groups that provide monetary support to provactiave foreign policies or those double-dealers that make money in China and support right-wingers in Japan  to obtain profit from China's market or get national treatment.
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Today we also need to put a "Diaoyu Islands Are China's" stamp on China's Internet space, and let the international media clearly understand this point, and recognize that this kind of wish and mood is not something incited by the government, but rather is a rational choice built on a foundation of since emotion.
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On September 15, 2012, Shan Renping (单仁平) published an editorial in the Global Times entitled "Do Not Be Hasty When Judging 'Boycott Japanese Goods'" (莫轻率对“抵制日货”做评价). An excerpt:
Recently more and more people are calling on the Internet to "boycott Japanese goods," are these voices rational? Opinions in China are divided. We believe that it is extremely normal for calls to "boycott Japanese goods" to appear in China at this time, as these calls come out in many countries to one degree or another at time of severe clashes with outsiders.
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It is common sense that, given Japan's malicious attitude towards China, some Chinese consumer have expressed their anger, not with violence, but by refusing to buy Japanese goods. When they have no more direct means of directly expressing themselves, they should not be censured for making this individual choice. Even if they make these calls on the Internet, this is entirely different from the same call coming from a government or other public source.
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These screenshots show that, at some time between August 30 and September 15, Sina Weibo stopped censoring searches for "Boycott Japanese Goods" (抵制日货).