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Q: Why are articles about China's water pollution problems blocked and censored globally?

This may seem like a dumb question at first, but please read it again. Usually Big Red only blocks blogs, you tube, and local internet content on Weibo, Douban, etc. on political issues.  But when it comes to the topic of water pollution, they have systemically scoured the next and had their hackers sabotage links all over the world - just as they did with the American Cancer Society's and World Health Organization's annual reports on cancer which indicates China has the highest liver and stomach cancer in the world.  See the connection?  There are still just a few articles remaining (they cannot mess with the New York Times, and Bloomberg News for example).  See this one at Zimbio while you still can:

 

http://www.zimbio.com/Beijing+China/articles/T67E04Nj-qQ/China+Tap+Water+Anything+but+safe

 

I have a Canadian friend who is an expert consultant in water treatment technology working here in China for over 2 years now. And although he showed the Chinese government a way to clean up their water pollution in less than 3 years without chemicals using a new green technology from the West they, they will not embrace it. Can you guess why?  BTW... According to the McKinsey Group, China's water pollution rate has increased almost 60% over the last 10 years and today, 70% of all fresh water sources are polluted in China with over 56 million gallons of contaminants being discharged without any treatment every day.

11 years 21 weeks ago in  Health & Safety - China

 
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My guess would be S H A M E.  This country is big on "face" right?  If you can't give your people clean water to drink and fresh air to breathe, does anything else really matter? These articles only shine a very bright spotlight on their incompetence. But I wonder how they manage to block the blogs and articles in OTHER countries???

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11 years 21 weeks ago

Whatever. Just throw me a bone to chew on while you rant.

 
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Maybe just maybe,  they don't want a solution unless it is one they can make big bucks on like that crazy deal to clean Lake Tai in Jiangsu Province in 2007.  I know you won't believe this but Google the New York Times article and you will see they spent $14 BILLION DOLLARS on that project and I'd bet my little brother that the real costs were only about half that.  Then when you read this article here, it explains WHY THEY ARE GOING TO CLEAN THAT SAME DAMN LAKE ALL OVER AGAIN IN JANUARY!!!

 

http://www.ethiomedia.com/broad/3601.html

 

So dude, I guess if you have a choice between fixing water pollution or deliberately letting it stick around so you can milk it for a few billion bucks every five years, what do you think our dear Chinese leaders will pick?

Scandinavian:

although I do not doubt the contents of this article, it would be a lot better if it had credible sources listed, rather than just advertising for a Canadian water treatment technique

11 years 16 weeks ago
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So the title of your post is not the question? OK, what is the question again?

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Why are they blocking the articles overseas?  I can understand they don't want Chinese citizens to know the truth but why are so many articles and reports published overseas having their links disabled (for examples WHO and ACS resports and about a dozen blogs, LA Tmes and Vancouver Sun articles).

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Come on junior!  If you were in their shoes, you'd do the same damn thing. For a billion bucks I'd sleep with the neighbor's dog and his wife!

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11 years 20 weeks ago

I'm retired - not retarded!

 
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I think the Dude and Crimochina will have the right answer.  I honestly don't kow although Snoopy's explanation is plausible I suppose.

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11 years 18 weeks ago

The More You Learn - The More You Earn!

 
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Did you guys read the article link King of Hearts gave us above?  OUTRAGEOUS!

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This is really sickening to think this water goes into our bodies. Now I wonder where the bottled water REALLY comes from?

Nessquick:

I guess the sources should be very same :(

11 years 16 weeks ago
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Seeing as how this post has been been partially harmonized and I cannot answer I will comment.

Think about tabacco in the 80's...same shit different pile.  The government gets enormous revenue from bottled water sales and taxes...cheaper than dealing with the quagmire they now face.....MONEY!!!!

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I'm retired - not retarded!

 
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