Jack Shenker catalogs China's most recent output:
Egypt’s pro-democracy revolt may have been buried on the wrong side of the Great Chinese Firewall the Beijing authorities filtered out news of the uprising from online searches and censored comments about it on web forums but that hasn’t stopped China’s vast manufacturing industry from making a fast buck out of regime change in Cairo. ... Bandanas jostle with car licence plates, martyrs’ calendars are on sale next to “freedom pendants” and t-shirts, and flags Egyptian, Libyan, and beyond, all made in China are for sale by the bucket-load on every city corner. The revolution has been well and truly merchandised.
(Photo: An Egyptian vendor wears a wig as he waits for customers to buy merchandise related to the fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak during demonstrations in Tahrir Square on Friday, Feb. 25, 2011.By Kevin Frayer/AP.)
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