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China has defended its internet policing and accuses the U.S. of being hypocritical and carrying out censorship of its own.  (Source: Macon Daily)
China's confrontation with U.S. and Google continues

The rift between Google and China has affected many in the tech industry.  The world's largest internet firm has taken on the world's largest nation in response to a theft of intellectual property that started with a flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer and ended in a trail of cyber evidence leading back to China's doorstep. 

Now, even as Google threatens to pull out of the Chinese search business completely, shutting down Google.cn, the U.S. government has stepped up to the plate challenging China to listen to the concerns of Google and other firms.  U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton delivered sharp remarks criticizing China's duality of cyber-lawlessness and harsh censorship of certain materials.

Now, China is responding indignantly to the criticism.  A spokesperson for China's State Council Information Office, the organization that helps to filter China's internet traffic addressed the U.S. governments criticism, remarking, "[China] bans using the Internet to subvert state power and wreck national unity, to incite ethnic hatred and division, to promote cults and to distribute content that is pornographic, salacious, violent or terrorist.  China has an ample legal basis for punishing such harmful content, and there is no room for doubting this. This is completely different from so-called restriction of Internet freedom."

The response aired Monday on China's state run government website, www.gov.cn.

China has an internet population of over 384 million, but it continues to tightly control the content its users can view, filtering traffic through a system that is dubbed "The Great Firewall" by U.S. observers.  Additionally, over 120 million users in China access the web from their mobile devices, adding a new challenge for internet censors.

China's dispute with the U.S. however, may be a sign of tensions outside the tech arena boiling over.  The U.S. recently announced that it would be selling modern weapons to Taiwan, a renegade state that China still insists it owns.  U.S. President Barack Obama will also meet with the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled Buddhist leader, in coming months.  Despite his dogma of pacifism, Chinese officials call the Dalai Lama a dangerous extremist for promoting Tibetan separatism.

Jin Canrong, a professor of international relations at Renmin University in Beijing, comments, "This year, we're seeing problems over trade, the Dalai Lama, and U.S. weapons sales to Taiwan coming to the surface.  The politicization and ideological turn of the Google case could make it more difficult to work together. The basic need for cooperation, economically and diplomatically, hasn't changed, but each of these issues could disrupt cooperation from day to day."

Tibet is one of the key issues that is chilling relations between the U.S. and China.  Another is signs of censorship and oppression stemming from internet activity.  Late last, year a Chinese blogger and author Liu Xiabo was sentenced to 11 years in prison for spreading subversive writings on the internet.  China has banned a variety of U.S. websites including YouTube, Twitter and Facebook in recent months.

China's government denies that the Google attacks originated from within Chinese borders.  And state-run Chinese newspapers on Monday blasted the U.S. as hypocritical.  Editorials accused the U.S. of exploiting video-sharing site YouTube and micro-blogging site Twitter to drive unrest in Iran.  They also point to current and pending legislation on the U.S. state and national level that would impose government filters on the internet content that minors can view.  Proclaims one column, "This 'Internet freedom' that is being promoted everywhere is nothing more than a foreign policy tool, a fantasy of freedom."



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By amanojaku on 1/25/2010 1:14:54 PM , Rating: -1
First of all, you can't declare sovereignty on a country that already exists. The PRC TOOK OVER China; it was Taiwan that declared sovereignty. The ROC lost the war fair and square, if there is such a thing in war. And they lost for good reason: they didn't have public support.

So, the Qing Dynasty was the last royal rule of China and ended 1912. The Republic of China was formed after the Xinhai Revolution and was planned to evolve in three phases:

1) Military rule to reunite China
2) Political tutelage to create government and economic systems
3) Democratic rule to prevent the return to a monarchy

The ROC completed step one. Steps two and three didn't go so well. On two separate occasions dictators (Yuan Shikai and Chiang Kai-shek) rose up to control the ROC through the Kuomintang, which went against step three.

Kai-shek went so far as to murder his allies. In 1923 the First United Front was created to combat the criminals taking over China in the wake of the dissolution of the Qing Dynasty. It was an alliance between the Kuomintang (est. 1919) and the Chinese Communist Party (est. 1920). The Kuomingtang were the "democratic" majority rulers who created the ROC, while the CCP was the new kid on the block. They shared a mutual interest in stopping the warlord criminals, but Kai-shek didn't trust the CCP due to their size and influence. In 1927 he initiated the Shanghai Massacre and had communists attacked and disarmed, in many cases murdered. These were the very same people that helped liberate cities and towns from the warlords under the FUF. Any resistance or protests were responded to with rifles. Kuomintang members with communist leanings were executed.

These incidents pissed the CCP off so much that it retaliated, and the people of China agreed as it started the Chinese Civil War. The Kuomintang had become as corrupt as the Qing Dynasty and broke every promise it made. Today's CCP is nothing at all like the CCP from 1927, which was generally honest and trustworthy. I guess getting stabbed in the back makes you cynical.

So, no, Taiwan has no claim on China. The only reason China couldn't take Taiwan back at the end of the Civil war was that Japan invaded in 1931 and started all kinds of mess. Taiwan belongs to China, but after all this time it's better to leave Taiwan as it is. I wouldn't be happy changing the political system of the US because it used to belong to Native Americans. Although they didn't have taxes. And problems could be solved by passing the peace pipe.


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