China's ongoing government imbalance leads to banning of Ferrari on the Internet

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China’s political party has been under fire recently with news of Bo Xilai getting the old heave ho after trying to remove the police chief from his position during a corruption investigation involving Xilai’s family. The internet with bezerk with the news and social media just hasn’t been the same in Asia. In fact, transfer of power in the Communist party is scheduled to be done in Fall 2012 and government officials are worried that this uproar will rock the boat way too much to do so.

Now, another incident has sparked the Chinese population’s interest in political unbalance. Early Sunday morning, a man was driving his Ferrari 458 at high speeds when he crashed in Beijing, splitting his car in two. The man died and the two women in the vehicle were severely injured. So far, this amounts to another tragic accident involving a superior sports car, but people in China are taking it even more seriously. Turns out, the internet went abuzz with rumors that the driver of the vehicle was a son of a senior communist party official, adding even more concern over the faltering balance in government. A story in the New York Times takes it a bit further by stating that Bo Xilai’s son, Guagua, actually drives a red Ferrari.

Blogs, websites, and search engines were being so heavily crowded with intrigue that any and all information surrounding the crash was removed from the internet altogether, as was the capability of searching for anything Ferrari-related.

A son of a political official driving a Ferrari raises a few question on its own. Some may wonder how a civil servant could afford to buy his son such a pricey sports car, while others may just get angry at the fact that government officials can afford these types of luxuries when others are stricken with poverty. When you throw in the minor detail that the son of an official who was being investigated for corruption drives a car like the one in question, then all hell is bound to break loose.

We’ll stay on top of the story and relay any details as soon as we get them.


This nonsensical thing is really over the edge. They’re focusing somewhere else.

Chinese’s government is covering up the political issue on their country. It’ll not affect Ferrari since China is the only country that banned the searches related to it. What matter here is the right of the people to know what’s going on with their country. 

They are protecting their country from bad images and issues. For me, it’s wrong to block everything from the public. What’s a good response on them is that China will do its best to stop corruption. 

China must have a background check on every government employee and servant to see who’s corrupting or not. The blockage on Ferrari-related search is one of the ways to block the citizens from knowing the truth. China violated the freedom to information of their citizens. 

I may be slow; did they really blame Ferrari?

I don’t know what to say about this, to be honest. This issue is both ridiculous and annoying.

I don’t like how they implied that they put the blame on Ferrari. It isn’t its fault that it is enticing.

China is ridiculous; it’s not like Ferrari presented itself to be an instrument of corruption.

That brought damage to Ferrari’s image somehow, didn’t it? It’s unfair. They should focus on the main matters. It’s only because the car was a Ferrari which made the issue noisier.

They need a better judgment on this one. They should not blame the company, but instead observe what is happening within their government.

That’s the problem with government officials; you have no idea how they can afford such a thing. This is an interesting article. There are a lot of countries having the same problem with corrupt officials.

I know right, remy_martini? It wasn’t even used an instrument for governmental crimes. China should do a better investigation, and a close watch to their officials.

Oh! That was really tragic. smiley But why would you involve an obviously innocent automotive company for the rotten system of the government, or any of the matter in that situation?

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