Saturday, May 15, 2010

China and internet: well, not always linked...

Internet restored in full in Xinjiang
Source: Xinhua
Shanghai Daily News, 15.05.2010

INTERNET services were fully resumed in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region yesterday, 10 months after a riot in Urumqi on July 5, the regional government said.

The news came as a great relief for the region's 7 million Internet users, some of whom stayed up late in order to surf the Net and send messages via QQ and MSN to their friends.

In a document released by its press office, Xinjiang's regional government said Internet services were "fully resumed," meaning Netizens in Xinjiang were able to browse the Web, chat online and put up postings again.

Authorities had cut off Internet connections, international long-distance calls and mobile phone text messages in some areas of Xinjiang after the July 5 riot.

The disruption of communication was aimed at quickly cracking down on the riot and preventing violence from reoccurring, as the riot was believed to have been orchestrated by separatists via the Internet, text message and long-distance telephone calls.

The rioting left 197 people dead and more than 1,700 injured.

People in Xinjiang took the Internet service resumption as a sign of the government's confidence and increased social stability in the region.

"It's nearly a year since I chatted with my friends online," said resident Zhou Bing. "Now at last, things are normal again."

In an open letter to the public, the Xinjiang regional committee of the Communist Party of China welcomed Netizens to offer constructive suggestion to the region's development. "Xinjiang relies on the Web for further opening."

It said Internet users should refrain from posting content that is harmful to stability and national unity.

Resumption of Internet services in Xinjiang has been a gradual process.

Access to two leading news Websites, and, was restored in December, followed by access to another two portals, and, on January 10.

E-mail services were resumed in March. International long-distance calls and mobile texting services were also gradually restored.

The regional government said in March that 198 people had been sentenced in connection with the riot

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