Antony of AntBlog701 has, I think, a curious attitude to Chinese government censorship and human rights abuses. Essentially he thinks the Chinese government acts within its rights when it does a Mugabe on such matters and tells the rest of the world to “go hang”. See Wang Xiaoning arrested, wife sues Yahoo! Antony says:
She wants to hold Yahoo! accountable. For what? According to her and court document, Yahoo! handed information to Chinese government. Wait a sec? Yahoo! was required to follow the laws of countries. Associated professor of international law at Stanford University Allen Weiner said nicely,
“The normal rule is that when you’re doing business in a foreign country, you’re obligated to comply with the law.”
It is clear to me that Yu’s husband (Wang) knew what he posted over internet was not allowed in China. He might not know that everything can be traced over the internet, or thought that internet is the heaven for conducting something illegal, too bad. Yu said Yahoo! “deprived” her husband of freedom. What a ridiculous claim. Okay, “deprived” was a translated word, but still ridiculous. Her husband, as a Chinese citizen, does not have much freedom to begin with. Also, what her husband posted is likely to against China’s national policy.
Well done Yahoo! on complying local laws.
If Mr Wang Xiaoning succeed on changing China’s politics, he would be a hero. The current situation says he failed, and he is now a traitor, and won’t be a martyr.
Antony, if I recall correctly, is of Taiwanese background, so his view would not automatically be pro-PRC.
Yes, businesses have to comply with local laws. On the other hand, is it “treason” for a Chinese citizen to advocate change which may in the long term be for the good of his country? What do you think of Antony’s interpretation of this case?