|SCARY: China Shutting Down Newsstands|
|by Tom McGregor||Thu, Jul 31, 2014, 09:15 PM|
BEIJING: Perhaps it was bound to happen sooner or later. China had embarked on free market and political reforms that offered more freedoms for the Chinese. However, such liberties in the country appear to be coming to the end of an era.
During my morning routine near Jinsong Subway Station in Beijing I buy a newspaper, but this morning all newsstands in the neighborhood were shut down overnight. One newsstand owner was observed cleaning up after police officers demolished his kiosk.
Additionally, there were at least five other newsstands located within a short walking distance of the Jinsong Subway Station and they vanished this morning without a trace, as if they never existed in the first place.
China has enjoyed remarkable economic growth rates in the past few decades, but in recent years as President Xi Xinping took over the reigns of power, China has slowly headed in a Leftist direction. More cops are patrolling neighborhoods to wipe out street vendors.
The Chinese State-owned media only focuses on the poor safety records of American fast food restaurants while ignoring the food safety crimes of their domestic counterparts. Meanwhile, Beijing officials continue to raise taxes and regulations on all businesses, local and foreign-owned.
And forget about browsing on the Web for news. When Hu Jintao was President at least people in China had regular access to Google news search engines, but not anymore.
Could this just be another phase in China that will just fade away, or a harbinger of much worse to come?
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