Imagine typing “Egypt” or “Cairo” into a Web portal’s search engine and seeing no stories about the massive protests in Egypt over the past week. That’s what’s happening in China right now. It’s a sign that the Chinese government fears the democratic movement brewing in the Middle East could cross continents and reach China.
On Sunday, “Egypt” and “Cairo” were removed from popular Chinese Web sites such as Sina.com and Sohu.com, according to Reuters. Sina.com and Sohu.com are as popular in China as Twitter is in the United States. Searches with the word ‘Egypt’ have produced messages saying search results could not be found.