65 Points (Rounded Up!)


This is going to creep you out. As you all know, yesterday was the 23rd anniversary of a rather tragic day in China’s recent history. June 4th 1989 was the day the army moved in on the student protesters in Beijing with tragic results. And ever since then, the government has been trying its best to sweep all mention of that day under the proverbial rug and pretend it never happened. And so any attempt to Google sensitive words such as “Tiananmen” or “June 4″ or “6.4″ will reset your browser for a few minutes.

But yesterday, Chinese netizens trying to find out how the Shanghai stock market had performed would have got an unexpected response. You see, the phrase “Shanghai composite index” had become a sensitive no go area. Why on earth would this be the case? Well, because yesterday, on the 23rd anniversary of “the June 4 incident” the Shanghai composite index fell. It fell by 2.7%. But it’s not the percentage that was causing the problem, it was the absolute amount it fell. You see, on June 4th 2012, the composite index fell 64.89 points. (Cue the music from “The Twighlight Zone”).

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10 Responses to 65 Points (Rounded Up!)

  1. CP says:

    If a suicide bomber runs into the forbidden city holding a massive banner saying “A-E-I-O-U” it’s going to cause a fucking disaster for websearches in China.

  2. WoAi says:

    @CP – They may as well just turn off the Internet forever!

  3. Kim C says:

    Very spooky indeed. Funny what the GFW picks up each day. life in China is so often a mystery.

  4. WoAi says:

    @Kim C – I bet the authorities were beside themselves. Wouldn’t be surprised next year if they force the stock market to close on that day to avoid a repeat!

  5. flutter-by says:

    I believe that incident will eventually submerge in the river of history.
    Ask 10 Chinese people about Yangzhou Ten Days Massacre, I reckon 9 of them would scratch their head. It was Qing Dynasty soldiers slaughtering over 800,000 Yangzhou citizens in 1645. The Qing authorities swept all records afterwards. Just as well some copies in Japan survived and came out of water again. But modern Chinese history text books aren’t willing to mention it.

  6. CP says:

    @flutter-by: Yes it’s curious that some incidents drown rather quickly in the river of history (e.g. revolutions of a cultural nature), whilst others float obstinately forever like a foaming sheen of surface pollution (e.g. nasty English and French types burning down historic buildings for allegedly no reason).

    I could mention plenty more incidents of each type, but I’d need to go and hide afterwards.

  7. wisemanofasia says:

    Are you suggesting that on other days you could find some of this information – I am guess the stock market info will be OK to find, but not much other stuff that has the dreaded numbers in!

  8. WoAi says:

    @Flutter-by – Yes indeed. It’s still interesting to ask younger people about the incident and many have very little idea what you’re talking about.

    @CP – Yes good point although of course it’s the government that decides what is forgotten and what is never forgotten.

    @Wiseman – Yes, usually it’s easy to check the stock market performance data. But as usual I think they shot themselves in the foot because by blocking it, it makes people wonder why it was blocked, thus drawing more attention on the issue.

  9. wisemanofasia says:

    @Woai – they are good at drawing unnecessary attention to these things though, aren’t they?!

  10. flutter-by says:

    @CP: Yes, Ms. History is a bitch. Whoever comes in power can fcuk her.
    BTW, what’s the British official explanation for the cause of burning down the Old Summer Palace?

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