Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Slow

Here they go again, thinking slow again. The Chinese Communist Party  is holding its 5-yearly National Congress  (NCCPC) 中国共产党全国代表大. This is an utterly pointless meeting to rubber stamp decisions that have already been taken in private. No one ever, ever votes against anything. Some of the oldest guys will be sidelined and some of the new guys will be promoted (by themselves) and nothing will change at all. The self-appointed demi-gods will still control everything.

In order to keep total control and stage manage every aspect of the meeting (and Chinese life), as they always do, they  are, once again, screwing around with the internet. The usual sites remain blocked, but they also slow down access to any sites which they don’t control – i.e. most.

All across China, for the rest of the month, websites will take painfully long to load, if they load at all and VPNs will time out, and go for a cup of tea to think about something more interesting.

I am baffled as to what they think this achieves other than pissing off their population at large, but then they have never given a shit for what the people think. Self-interest and self-preservation are their only policies.

A government terrified of its own people.

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4 Responses to “Slow”

  1. Jim Mahler Says:

    I’ve noticed that several Chinese websites don’t load at all if I have the VPN switched on, but load immediately if I switch it off.

  2. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    That’s normal. It’s always been the same. Many sites (not only in China) are set to refuse connections from known VPNs and proxies.

  3. Jim Mahler Says:

    The sites I’m talking about (有道,百度,新浪)were accessible with the VPN on until about a week or ten days ago.

  4. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    I can open 百度 with the VPN on. Just tried it. The other two sites may be failing because of the general slow down. It takes longer to access any site through a VPN than it does directly. In normal times, the delay may be milliseconds; but as I suggested they seem to be deliberately slowing down international connections, which can lead to the VPN timing out and failing – as noted in my post.

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