China's 'mini-Hong Kong' eyes Internet access, shrugs off Shanghai threat
SHENZHEN/HONGKONG (REUTERS) - A planned economic zone in southern China will allow full internet freedom, similar to what will be allowed in a proposed free trade zone in Shanghai, a senior official behind the project said on Thursday.
China tightly controls the internet through a so-called Great Firewall, routinely deleting online postings and blocking access to websites it deems politically sensitive or inappropriate such as Facebook and Twitter.
"In Qianhai, we will be able to see what they can see in Hong Kong," said Mr Wang Jinxia, director of the research and innovation centre of the Qianhai Authority, which is overseeing the proposed US$45 billion (S$56 billion) financial zone in southern China.
"We will strive for an exclusive international communication channel in which information won't be filtered," he said, adding that Facebook and Twitter would be available.