Professor Walter Russell Mead recently commented on his blog Via Meadia at American Interest on a surprising movie on Chinese TV. Excerpts below:

China’s state-run television network lately had a surprising fare for a totalitarian state.

Television audiences across China watched an anarchist antihero rebel against a totalitarian government and persuade the people to rule themselves. Soon the Internet was crackling with quotes of “V for Vendetta’s” famous line: “People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”

The airing of the movie on China Central Television stunned viewers and raised hopes that China is loosening censorship.

Was somebody asleep at the switch, or is this a signal that under Xi Jinping things in China will be a little more open?

This could be the shape of things to come [but likely] someone in a CCTV office in Beijing was having a very, very bad day.


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