Living behind China's Great Firewall has made me appreciate the unfettered access to information we have in free countries. When I first got to China, I couldn't access any of Wordpress and many Google search results were inaccessible.
However, the important, time-wasting stuff like YouTube remained available. That is, until China decided to block all of YouTube. While China would never say why they are blocking the video-sharing site, it seems connected to videos allegedly showing PRC troops beating Tibetan monks.
It's been nearly a month since China's state-owned ISPs blacklisted YouTube and there's no sign yet that Chinese netizens will be able to watch silly cat videos any time soon. Google told the NYTimes last month that: “Our government relations people are trying to resolve it.”
In reaction to questions about Internet censors, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said: “Many people have a false impression that the Chinese government fears the Internet. In fact, it is just the opposite.” Indeed, in point of fact, the Internet fears the Chinese government.