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China said his comments were "naive"

China doesn't think the U.S. should be commenting on the current state of China's Internet regulation considering that National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden broke into and leaked secret U.S. government information.
 
According to Reuters, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recently told Chinese bloggers that he supported the idea of greater internet freedom in China, but Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said it wasn't Kerry's place to make those comments. 
 
"If China's internet had not gone through enormous development in the past few years then where would these bloggers have come from?" said Chunying. "China's affairs must be decided by Chinese people based on their own national condition. Using methods like this to push China in a direction of change they want, isn't that rather naive?"
 
"I think the topic of this discussion could have been even more open, for example discussing Snowden's case and issues like that."

China's Communist Party still heavily regulates the internet, renewing a campaign to control online interaction just last year. China says it's necessary for "social stability."
 
China is known for censoring its Web offerings to citizens in order to prevent rumors about the government from circulating. Chinese citizens cannot access pages like Facebook or Twitter for public forums.
 
In late 2012, it was reported that China wanted the real names of citizens when signing up with internet providers. This means that any Chinese resident would have to show their government-issued identity cards when entering into contracts for both fixed line and mobile internet access.

Source: Reuters





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