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Friday, April 27, 2007 (14:40:56)

People often ask me how much I feel the authoritarian arm of the government living in China. The answer is never — until I do. If that sounds circular or nonsensical, then I’m being clear. Most foreigners living in China have little sense of government intrusion in their daily lives. You can walk into a lot of hip bars or restaurants filled with beautiful people, great music and pricey drinks and never think for a second about living in an authoritarian nation. In fact, it’s entirely possible to live here for years with virtually no interaction with the state apparatus, wandering a wide avenue within which you can do essentially whatever you please. But if you try to exit that avenue, you get pushed back hard — and then you either retreat quickly to the center of the road or face some consequences…

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