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LinkedIn is shuttering its social networking service in China as it faces mounting pressure to comply with the country’s strict censorship rules, it announced on Thursday. “While we’ve found success in helping Chinese members find jobs and economic opportunity, we have not found that same level of success in the more social …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The new great wall of China surrounds the whole country and keeps the barbarians outside. Inside that everything will be controlled by the party, as that is their supreme mandate.

    The goal is a three layered world. Within China the CCP permanently 'guides' the people and economy. In near East Asia is being erected the new "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere", made possible by military might. Beyond that are the barbarians to be both exploited and ignored.

    Imperialism, mercantilism, and disdain. The CCP has all of history to study to pick the best approaches to maintain and expand its power. Truly, all it need do is copy those who have successively threatened it through the last 200 years. Britain, Japan, Russia, the West in general. So... imperialism, mercantilism, and disdain.

    Understand now what has always been true. Without any force for correction, the CCP will always fight for its self, to extend its self, to guarantee its self. They have always been at war with everyone else.

    1. elsergiovolador Silver badge

      They have always been at war with everyone else.

      They are at war with their own people by means of communism. It's contagious though, so it's best they get isolated from the rest of the world.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Well, I was going to add "and all the people on both sides of the wall are hostages to their aims."

        But contagious? Not the ideology, which is not followed even there. But the techniques? The control mechanisms? Success breeds imitation, I fear. I fear that immensely.

        1. elsergiovolador Silver badge

          But contagious?

          Given the downvotes, I'd say we already have some infections here...

          1. Bbuckley

            Yep. In the place I work we have 'equity' training and 'psychological safety'. You have to admire Communism though for it's sneakyness. Learn how to spot your local Dolores Umbridge commisar.

      2. Danny 14

        isolated from the rest of the world? China is buying key business and property in the rest of the world.

        Disagree with China? Oh, looks like that power plant wont go ahead. Shame if those properties were suddenly unavailable. Want clean watwr? shame the desalination plants are not at full capacity.

      3. NoneSuch Silver badge

        I love starting a weekend knowing that another corporation has buckled under the demands of a dictatorship.

    2. jamesdagger

      Oceania was at war with Eurasia: therefore Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Big news!

    Today I am proud and honoured to say I am withdrawing my thinly disguised smoke blowing social network that I pass off as a professional tool from the Chinese market.

    It’s been an amazing journey of learning and I’ve met some fabulous people along the way. However it’s now time for a new chapter and I can’t wait to see why the future brings!

    1. yetanotheraoc Silver badge

      Re: Big news!

      This post gave me a serious case of déjà vu. But I think last time it was Apple that threw in the towel.

  3. Winkypop Silver badge

    No LinkedIn in China?

    Lucky guys

  4. Neil Barnes Silver badge

    to sunset

    I know English is a language subject to change, like any other, but in this house 'sunset' is *not* a verb.

    1. pklausner

      Re: to sunset

      Not a native speaker here. So it's not true, that "In English, any noun can be verbed"?

      1. MiguelC Silver badge

        Re: to sunset

        Stop that! Verbing weirds language!

        1. Neil Barnes Silver badge

          Re: to sunset

          Verbing weirds nouns!

          1. Insert sadsack pun here

            Re: to sunset

            You can't adjective nouns if they sound too verby.

  5. sanmigueelbeer

    Bamboo Curtain, part deux

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Can we have that here as well

    Bloody hate the social media bollocks part of Linkedin.

    1. tiggity Silver badge

      Re: Can we have that here as well

      ..Just don't do LinkedIn.

      It's easy enough to avoid, just like FB etc.

      .. but then again, I prefer meeting people in real life (e.g. was with friends in the pub last night), far better experience talking "face to face" than "chatting" via social media . at least it is for me, YMMV

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Among Chinese 10 years olds there are now 120 boys to 100 girls

    Imbalance almost certainly worse if you exclude Muslim Chinese.

    The 20 boys who cant get a girl will be easy recruits for ultranationalists. Unfortunately India has similar though not as bad imbalances. Its a twist on the issue in polygamous countries which have far higher levels of violence and war compared to monogamous countries.

    Between population and associated property bust it rhymes with Japan a generation back but far worse.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Of course, if it were Apple, they'd have just bent over and said "Is this far enough, Sir?" :(

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