China Hits Back at Clinton on Net Freedom

Friday Jan 22nd 2010 by Staff

A Chinese official says Hillary Clinton's remarks about China in her speech on Internet freedom were "groundless and harmful to bilateral relations."

Wall Street Journal: In response to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's speech on Internet freedom which criticized some Chinese actions and policies, China has released a statement of its own. Ma Zhaoxu, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, posted a statement which reads, "We urge the U.S. side to respect the facts, and to stop using the so-called Internet freedom issue to make groundless charges against China."

He added, "China's Internet is open...Promoting the development of the Internet has been our consistent policy." He also said that Chinese censorship of the Internet follows "China's own national situation and traditional culture."

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