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The Chinese government has been certainly quite smart to block Google, Facebook, and YouTube. Quora and Reddit as of August of 2018 entered that category too. Yes, I suggested that Russia doesn’t have its own YouTube (as far as I know) much because Putin et al are not hardline enough to simply shut out those US internet media sites.
The West’s propaganda against the Soviet Union during the Cold War was absolutely relentless. They are now trying to do the same thing to China. While Russia has not learned their lessons, I guess China has learned a thing or two.
I’ve tried my US phone card on the Huawei phone by the way, didn’t work. I’ve confirmed with others who did so while physically in the US. Which means that China can be even more unapologetic about banning US internet media sites.