During the ‘two sessions‘ in Beijing in early March, security is tight. Extra guards and police have fanned out through the city, even in my local communal dining hall, where I can get a freshly cooked meal for less than AUD $2.oo. Cyber security has also been tightened up. Many people have commented to me that they are having trouble with their internet access, that VPNs have been blocked, and so on. For some reason, I have had no trouble. I don’t use a VPN, since I prefer to use Chinese sites. But I can access my blog, my gmail account, my other email account. No restrictions of which I am aware. So I am left to wonder: is this a coincidence, or is it because I have been identified as a ‘friend of China’? Hard to tell.

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