Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province, and Zhengzhou City, Henan Province, announced the “temporary control areas” removal in some areas. Suddenly Shanghai announced on November 30 that from December 1, lockdowns in 24 high-risk areas in the city would be lifted. The outside world believes that the authorities announced the lifting of the lockdown in an instant to assuage public anger. However, there is also news that the CCP’s internet censorship will ramp up.
Guangzhou and Shanghai lifted the ‘temporary control areas’
A fire broke out in a residential building in Urumqi, Xinjiang, on November 24. The outside world accused the local Chinese Communist Party officials of pandemic restrictions hindering the rescue, leading to at least 10 deaths. The incident caused a strong reaction from the locals; long-standing dissatisfaction broke out, and people in many parts of the country took to the streets to protest, thereby sparking a “white paper revolution.”
As protests in many places increased, several areas in Guangzhou city, formerly listed as administrative districts with a high risk of infection, issued a circular on November 30, announcing that all pandemic prevention work will be lifted from now on and the area will be managed as a low-risk one.
According to NetEase, on the evening of the same day, the Information Office of the Shanghai Municipal Authority also announced that starting from December 1, controls in 24 high-risk areas will be lifted. Still, these 24 high-risk areas are almost exclusively some households and a building.
An expert group made this decision on pandemic prevention.
Cyberspace Admin ordered to rectify the firewall bypassing
According to Vision Times, the comment function has been turned off for relevant posts on Weibo, and the number of forwarded posts is also minimal.
Twitter user “Teacher Li is not your teacher,” who has been following China’s situation for a long time, reported on November 29 that, due to the “white paper revolution” blooming everywhere in China, the National Internet Information Office of China will attempt to stop people “bypassing the firewall (internet blockade).” It will prevent people from using VPN, VPS software, or overseas Apple accounts to access information detrimental to the CCP.
In addition, Taiwan’s LTN News reported that the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) recently planned to ban individual media channels that teach netizens how to bypass the firewall. The CAC also blocks searches for keywords like “bypass the firewall.”
Sydney Today revealed that Niu Yibing, Head of China’s Propaganda Department, held a “National Network Information System Executive Conference” on November 28. He ordered relevant departments to start “first-level internet emergency response,” strengthening internet censoring work.
According to Niu Yibing, “there have been many incidents happening in many provinces, and for domestic nuisance information and information from abroad, it is necessary to detect, handle and report as soon as possible.” He added: “The fire incident in Urumqi, Xinjiang, that killed 10 people has caused a lot of discontent,” evil political slogans appeared in Shanghai, and political gatherings of university students and foreign media smears grew rapidly. Therefore, reviews of all websites should be strengthened, public opinion management and control should be increased, and accounts with inflammatory comments should be strictly investigated.” The top level of CAC even demanded that relevant work instructions must not be leaked to the outside world.