Bay Networks in bed with commie censors?

Edward Fang edfang at
Wed Jan 15 23:43:00 UTC 1997

On Wed, 15 Jan 1997, Vadim Antonov wrote:
:Their "partnership" with censors of a communist regime
:is repugnant.  Using the modern technology to build a
:giant brainwashing machine is very scary.

How so ?  Communications is actually loosening communism
as it was in China.  Fax machines have helped, and anything
that facilitates the exchange of ideas will only make
China bend closer to a 'democracy standard'.  If you see
how China has changed from 10 years ago to now (some form
of capitalism), you will see that they cannot and will not
run the country as communism was once run.
:Some companies will do anything for a buck, though.

I don't think this has anything to do with 
commercialism.  Are you implying that Cisco and/or
other US firms would turn this deal down (and or not
pursue it?).  

:How about boycotting their products in U.S. and other
:democratic countries?

Should we also boycott Coke, McDonalds, KFC, McDonald
 Douglas, etc ? Since they all profit from the people 
of a 'communist' country that does not endorse the 
same personal freedoms that we do. 


:    Chinese intranet to launch in February
:    January 15, 1997
:    Web posted at: 12:40 a.m. EST
:    HONG KONG (Reuter) -- Bay Networks Inc. and the China Internet
:    Corp., controlled by Beijing's state news agency, have formed a
:    partnership to create a nationwide intranet in China, the companies
:    said Tuesday.
:    The companies declined to disclose the value of the deal that will
:    establish a network covering more than 50 cities, 20 of them by the
:    end of 1997. An intranet is an internal network that uses Internet
:    global computer network technology.
:    Access in and out of the intranet is possible -- intranets can be linked
:    to the Internet proper -- but access can be controlled.
:    The first phase connecting Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and the
:    southern city of Guangzhou is to be launched next month, offering
:    tailored information mostly in Chinese to government entities, joint
:    ventures and corporations in China.
:    Copyright 1997 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.

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