CHINA SHANGHAI FACEBOOK TWITTER

CHINA SHANGHAI FACEBOOK TWITTER

A Chinese netizen browses the logos of social networking sites, Facebook and Twitter in Shanghai, China, 25 September 2013. In a bid to encourage international business in the new Shanghai free-trade zone, the Chinese government has decided to lift the ban on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Access to banned news sites such as the New York Times will also be allowed, according to a South China Morning Post report.Aside from granting access to these services through the countrys nationwide Internet filter, known popularly as the Great Firewall of China, theres another new first: foreign telecommunication companies can now bid for licenses to provide Internet services within the zone.The Chinese government hopes that this decision will encourage significant financial and economic reforms in the free-trade zone, according to SCMPs sources. There are also plans to extend the free-trade zone to the entire Pudong district, if the first phase of the launch is successful.Current visitors to China can already use Facebook and Twitter if they are using a roaming SIM card from overseas, though they may still occasionally experience problems connecting to foreign sites.(Imaginechina via AP Images)

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September 25, 2013 04:00:00 AM
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