Internet Ban Is Clue To China’s New Leaders – Jane Macartney

From The Times Online:

The composition of the standing committee is one of the most tightly guarded secrets in China, but rumours about the list have been rife. Sources with close links to China’s internet service providers say that they have, in the last few days, been required to alter their servers to reject attempts by Chinese bloggers to place online certain names in case derogatory or personal comments about new leaders find their way into cyberspace.

Mentions on blogs of President Hu Jintao and the Premier, Wen Jiabao, have long been impossible. But now several new names have become taboo. A source told The Timesthat an online check would swiftly reveal the names of the nine members of the standing committee to be unveiled on Monday. [Full Text]

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