New age of oppression in China

512px-National_Emblem_of_the_People's_Republic_of_China.svg copyCommunism is still prevalent in China. The current ruling party, the Communist Party of China, is responsible for many decisions, most notably censorship in nearly all forms of media and public expression. Abduweli Ayup is a Chinese polyglot that co-founded a few language schools in Xinjang to teach the local children their native language. Ayup has a passion for his native language Uighur, a Turkic tongue from northwest China, and has been concerned with the forced conversion to Han Chinese imposed by the government. Ayup and two of his colleagues were arrested last August for illegal fundraising by the Chinese government and have not been heard from since.
The oppressive censorship of the government remains as strong as ever as a system of power for a few fortunate individuals. 25 years ago, students publicly mourned the death of Hu Yaobang, the general secretary of the Communist party of the time. Yaobang wanted to consolidate power within the government and move the country towards a political system available for open discussion and reform. On June 4, 1989, Chinese military shot and killed civilians at Tiananmen Square in Beijing ranging from a few hundred to thousands of people with at least 10,000 people being arrested in the process. Even now, mentioning the date of occurrence warrants censorship and even the square is still under surveillance.
China’s pollution rates are ridiculous as well. People are regularly experiencing difficulty breathing and children are largely susceptible to asthma. Because of this, parents are sending their offspring to special schools that have domed athletic fields that filter out the air pollution. The effects are significant to the point where masks are almost a necessity outside and plant photosynthesis is slowed dramatically to almost 50 percent of its normal rates from the smog over cities. Schools, highways and factories are shut down because of the ecological disaster caused by the pollution.
China seems to be using the analogy of quantity over quality with its workforce. Overseas minimum wage legally is not the same as domestic minimum wage in the United States so business incentive outsources a majority of its manufactured goods to China.
A Taiwanese company Foxconn, responsible for manufacturing the popular console PlayStation 4, has multiple factories in China and is notorious for poor working conditions. Terry Gou, the chairman of Hon Hai, the parent company of Foxconn, compared the workforce of more than a million strong at Foxconn to animals. Last October the company admitted to forcing thousands of students from X’ian institute of technology to work at the factories as unpaid interns. They were told if they didn’t participate, they would lose six course credits and be unable to graduate from the institute.
The forced labor and physical abuse doesn’t stop there. Labor camps in China formed a lucrative business a few years ago forcing prisoners to play World of Warcraft, a popular massively multiplayer online role playing game, to make profits. Prisoners were forced to play the games in 12 hour shifts after doing physical labor. Money made in China from trading the virtual currency yearly is in the billions of dollars.
China maintains a strict government firewall that restricts web access to a multitude of subjects and websites within the country but civilians are starting to resist even if subtly. Because of popular demand and activity, Facebook Inc. is working towards opening a sales office in China. Even though the government continues to censor social media and has blocked Facebook since 2009, the company still feels like it can make profits from local businesses and communities.