China to relax web censorship in the name of economic growth | The Verge

The goal, as one of the insiders points out, is to make foreign visitors to the country feel more at home — which in turn is hoped to stimulate more trade and investment from overseas. A month ago, the Morning Post also reported anecdotal evidence of Twitter and Facebook being accessible in high-end hotels across China, with the ostensible reason again being to accommodate the expectations of foreign businessmen. China initially blocked access to Facebook back in 2009 in the wake of ethnic violence in its northwestern city of Urumqi, with the aim being either to suppress unfavorable information, prevent further clashes, or a mix of both. The country’s apparent willingness to make exceptions for foreign travellers looks to be an attempt to balance that tight grip on internal communications with the need to attract outsider interest.

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