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[[File:Qingangxinhua.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''Qin Gang addresses journalists at a press conference in 2009. (Xinhua)'']]On June 9, 2009, a BBC reporter asked Foreign Ministry Spokesman [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/qin-gang/ Qin Gang] about the justification for compulsory installation of [[green dam girl|Green Dam Youth Escort filtering software]] on personal computers. Qin replied:
 
[[File:Qingangxinhua.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''Qin Gang addresses journalists at a press conference in 2009. (Xinhua)'']]On June 9, 2009, a BBC reporter asked Foreign Ministry Spokesman [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/qin-gang/ Qin Gang] about the justification for compulsory installation of [[green dam girl|Green Dam Youth Escort filtering software]] on personal computers. Qin replied:
  
<blockquote>Do you have children? If you have children or if you plan to have children, you will be able to understand why Green Dam Youth Escort is essential for protecting the children of China against harmful information on the Internet. Let me repeat this: [[China’s Internet is open|the Internet in China is fully open]] and the Chinese Government plays an active role in promoting the healthy development of the Internet.</blockquote>
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<blockquote>Do you have children? If you have children or if you plan to have children, you will surely understand a parent’s concern about harmful information on the Internet. [[China’s Internet is open]]. The Chinese government plays an active role in promoting the healthy development of the Internet.</blockquote>
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<blockquote>你有孩子吗?如果你有孩子或者你打算要孩子,你应该能理解作为家长对互联网传播有害信息的关切。中国的互联网是开放的,中国政府积极致力于推动互联网健康发展。</blockquote>
  
 
Installation was later made voluntary. The Green Dam project was [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/07/with-a-whimper-and-not-a-bang/ shuttered] the following year.
 
Installation was later made voluntary. The Green Dam project was [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/07/with-a-whimper-and-not-a-bang/ shuttered] the following year.

Revision as of 15:18, 11 June 2013

你有孩子吗? (Nǐ yǒu háizi ma?): Do you have children?

Qin Gang addresses journalists at a press conference in 2009. (Xinhua)

On June 9, 2009, a BBC reporter asked Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qin Gang about the justification for compulsory installation of Green Dam Youth Escort filtering software on personal computers. Qin replied:

Do you have children? If you have children or if you plan to have children, you will surely understand a parent’s concern about harmful information on the Internet. China’s Internet is open. The Chinese government plays an active role in promoting the healthy development of the Internet.

你有孩子吗?如果你有孩子或者你打算要孩子,你应该能理解作为家长对互联网传播有害信息的关切。中国的互联网是开放的,中国政府积极致力于推动互联网健康发展。

Installation was later made voluntary. The Green Dam project was shuttered the following year.

Qin has made many other similarly nonsensical statements which exemplify the absurdity of the Party line. For example, in response to a journalist's question about YouTube being blocked in China, he famously said, “As for what you can and cannot watch, watch what you can watch, and don’t watch what you cannot watch.”

See also bird anus.