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Deafening silence on China's internet as party congress nears

Online services are being stripped of content that can spoil Xi's power play

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TOKYO/HONG KONG -- With Chinese President Xi Jinping keen to cement his grip on power at the Communist Party congress this autumn, Beijing is doing everything it can to prevent the public from hearing even the slightest whisper of social unrest. And that includes making sure all is quiet on the internet front.

Some internet companies are voluntarily implementing censorship measures, while others are being ordered to remove content or services.   

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