“Ultimately this is a losing battle,” he said.
People will figure out ways around the control and ways to talk about things that concern them, such as corruption and environmental problems, he said.
In response to a question on the recent protest over a chemical plant in China’s coastal city of Ningbo, Schriver said that protests in China are diversifying, with more middle-class people taking to the streets.
“It has to be of concern to the authorities that this is not a single group of people that can be predictably relied upon to take to the streets and then be dealt with and then returned home. It’s a very diverse and diffused group of people,” he said.