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US carriers can easily strike China from beyond the reach of Chinese missiles. Chinese submarines aren't silent as their US counterparts. Chinese fighters will not easily get within range to hit the carrier before getting intercepted.
But for China, even with a carrier battle group, their navy is still no match for the US navy, and they lack the means to protect it as well.
However, the hockey game is unlikely the true reason behind the riot. The rioters were prepared to riot. They brought the tools with them to set fire before the game even started. Many of the arrested were known rioters, who caused problems before the Winter Olympics in 2010.
This problem is that this stability is established on suppression of dissents. It does not actually address the cause of instabilities. The unfairness in the Chinese society is well known. Inflation is high again. Government officials are corrupt. Abuse of power is common, often illegally but usually the officials are able to get away with it. All these contribute to the anger of the less fortunate crowd. To make matters worse, the media, usually controlled by the government, tend to downplay or simply ignore their plight. This effectively removes a vent for them to express themselves in the society. People don't protest because they are stupid (an false assumption you base all your arguments on), but because they are expressing their anger in certain way.
Keep in mind that your phone is linked to a network. You can control things at home while you are miles away. You can turn off home heating when you are at work, then turn it on half an hour before going home. You can fill your bathtub up with hot water that you can jump right in after work. I am sure some bright minds out there will think of more interesting ideas.
Essentially this technology allows you to control multiple things with a single remote controller. And with a touch screen, the interface can be much easier than what is available now.
No one outside China takes the Chinese media's views seriously as the media outlets are clearly controlled, or at least tightly watched over, by the government. It does not matter though. Their intended audiences are the Chinese citizens who listen to them daily. Only a very small portion of the citizens actually get news from outside. The Chinese media just have to spin the story around so that US is the true villain in this internet war game, that Google is secretly helping the evil empire of US. As long as the Chinese think their government is in the right, that's mission accomplished.