American ambassador now WeChat friends with China's chief internet regulator

By Erik Crouch, February 10, 2015

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Lu Wei, China chief censor internet regulator (the very same man who spotted Zuckerberg's copy of The Governance of China by Xi Jinping on a visit to California) is now WeChat best friends with the American ambassador to China, Max Baucus.

"WeChat will be a very normal channel to exchange ideas for me and Baucus," Lu told the China Daily. By "ideas," we assume he means selfies and looping .gif stickers of American TV shows.

The news of this budding digital friendship was covered by the China Daily, who couldn't help but include a few quotes from Lu about how freedom is totally overrated. "Every Internet user desires cyberfreedom, and order is the foundation [...] Where there is no order, there will be no freedom," he says.

Lu does not elaborate on what kind of "order" is necessary, but that doesn't sound good. (That said, it's hard to think of any good statement that ends with "there will be no freedom.") 

Does he mean that he and Baucus will be limited to only using the stickers bundled with WeChat, and won't be able to download hilarious ones sent by their friends? If so, expect this friendship to be short lived.

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