On this month’s ‘On China’, CNN examines China’s sophisticated Internet censorship system. Known as the Great Firewall, it’s designed to control the world’s largest Internet population. It blocks and filters massive amounts of data that is deemed counter to the country’s interests, from sensitive topics like Tiananmen “Tank Man”, to useful business tools like Gmail. Citing a need to protect its “Internet Sovereignty”, China’s leaders are adamant they have the final say on what data flows in and out the country’s borders. 

CNN’s Kristie Lu Stout sits down with The Sinocism China Newsletter’s Bill Bishop, Assistant Professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong Lokman Tsui, and Amnesty International’s Roseann Rife. They discuss why Beijing is compelled to keep such a tight grip on cyberspace and how Western tech firms should assess the risk and opportunity of working in China.

Airtimes: Hong Kong, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore and Taipei

Thursday March 26 at 1630 HKT

Friday March 27 at 1130 HKT

Saturday March 28 at 1230 HKT  

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Photo attached: Left to right, Kristie Lu Stout, Bill Bishop, Lokman Tsui, and Roseann Rife

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About ‘On China’

‘On China’ is CNN’s monthly show hosted by CNN correspondent and anchor Kristie Lu Stout. It provides viewers with a unique insider’s view of China from within its own borders. In each 30-minute show, Kristie Lu Stout sits down with thought and business leaders from within China’s borders for a roundtable discussion about what really drives this world power and economic giant.  Kristie Lu stout was awarded Best Current Affairs Presenter for her work on ‘On China’ at the 2014 Asian Television Awards.

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