China shows weakness by attacking foreign critics

Washington Post:
China has long controlled what it allows businesses and its own citizens to say or do at home. With Hong Kong in its fourth month of protests, China is increasingly imposing the same strictures on what’s said about it beyond its borders.
It is a warning that China is so fragile a state that it cannot tolerate criticism by anyone.  This is a sign that the regime fears what others are saying about it and is willing to forego commerce to shut them up. It is returning to its totalitarian roots as it hunkers down.  Hong Kong has become a dilemma for the regime.  It can't put a whole city in jail and it can't engage in a Mao-style genocide without significant repercussions.


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