London riots: China urges Britain to crack down on Twitter, social networking

After months during which China has bridled over western lectures about its fierce crackdown on dissent in the wake of the Arab Spring uprisings, the country’s official media reported on the shaming scenes in Britain with a mixture of shock and schadenfreude.

“The West have been talking about supporting internet freedom, and oppose other countries’ government to control this kind of websites, now we can say they are tasting the bitter fruit [of their complacency] and they can’t complain about it,” wrote one commentator in official Communist Party mouthpiece, People’s Daily…

Both Twitter and Facebook are banned in the China for security reasons, however Sina Weibo, the tightly controlled indigenous Chinese clone of Twitter, was abuzz with reaction to the news that London was burning.