Eating “River Crab” at the Harmonious Forum – Rebecca MacKinnon

Rebecca MacKinnon and Isaac Mao provide a life action illustration of the “River Crab Wearing Three Watches” (see a previous illustration and explanation here). Via Rebecca’s RConversation blog:

Rivercrab4Over the weekend I posted this photo titled “eating river crab that wears three watches” to my Flickr account. People who don’t read Chinese blogs are – understandably – asking why. Let me explain.

At the World Economic Forum in Dalian last week Issac Mao and I were there in person when Premier Wen Jiabao broke major news with the announcement that he intends to build a harmonious society in China. Forum founder Klaus Schwab echoed Wen in his welcoming speech, calling for a “a new harmonious relationship among business, governments, society, and the environment.” While technology pundits attending the conference swooned over Chinese internet companies, the government launched a new purge of internet data centers, shutting down thousands of websites – a story which most business and tech reporters covering the conference appear to have been too busy swooning to check out. [Full text]


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