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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, 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,

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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RE: China is clueless
By TETRONG on 1/25/2010 1:14:03 PM , Rating: 0
Go to war with China?

You're a fucking asshole!
I have many chinese friends, and find your ignorance and arrogance highly offensive.
They're no different from us-just want freedom and happiness.

Do you have any idea of how horrible war is?
How would you like to be ripped apart, blown up, impaled, disemboweled, etc...

Imagine if it happened to your siblings or your parents. Think!

RE: China is clueless
By The0ne on 1/25/2010 1:31:19 PM , Rating: 5
Have you been to China? If you have, haven't you notice that many are clueless what the outside is besides the fashion and fad?

War was a sarcastic joke for the way China uses kids there. Ban porn but allow prostitution to reign, with kids. Yea, that's cool.

I have many Chinese friends. Most of them are very good people. Many of them, professional engineers, project managers, etc, are clueless as to what US is. Most of them think US is this Jersey like place where crime, prostitution, drugs and everything bad happens happen. When I ask why they think of this most of them answer that they were taught to view US in this fashion from their early childhood education. It is no different that what North Korea tells their citizens, that outside is bad and stay inside. Only the few whom research or have connections know that is not the case.

I mean for Christ sake, I'm asian and they still look at me different when they find out I'm a US citizen. They are different. You are fooling yourself to think otherwise. You are even more foolish to think they are the same as US.

I've gone through war, my parents and relatives have gone through war. We've been through Vietnam all the way to the current stupid wars. Have you or your family? :) War isn't pretty but you would rather have the government have it's way and us (US and other countries) doing nothing because we're too afraid of bonds? That is fear and ignorance that you speak of.

Think of all the human right issues that happened and are still happening in/from China. You are fine with this? This is a fck-up country and in some ways worst than North Korea. Their position and power allows them to get away with what other lowly countries can't. How's that for your thought.

RE: China is clueless
By Jalek on 1/25/2010 6:44:31 PM , Rating: 2
Much of that's why we didn't GIVE them the status of most favored nation in trade for decades.

It was really the only tool the US had to influence anything, that and grain embargoes, but those were never popular since it impacts the people more than the government (see also North Korea).

Now that status is perpetual, so when people decry Chinese imports and manufacturing for ruining US industries, I find it sad since it was done out of greed. Isn't that what Capitalism thrives on?

RE: China is clueless
By kaoken on 1/25/2010 6:50:41 PM , Rating: 1
s no different that what North Korea tells their citizens, that outside is bad and stay inside. Only the few whom research or have connections know that is not the case.

Oh yes, I think we are totally forgetting that America did the same to communism. USSR and China anyone?

RE: China is clueless
By Uncle on 1/25/2010 8:44:21 PM , Rating: 2
Ok you hit the nail on the head with " Most of them think US is this Jersey like place where crime, prostitution, drugs and everything bad happens happen." You forgot to mention it's the corrupt white collar criminals in politics and corporations getting away with millions that are teaching the criminals at the bottom end how its done.It flows from top to bottom, I have to agree with your statement.

RE: China is clueless
By chick0n on 1/25/2010 11:51:30 PM , Rating: 1
what a load of crap.

Kids around the corner? Well seriously I was pretty much raise there and I saw nothing like that. and I FREAKiNG WONDER WHY YOU KNOW/NOTICE IT. WHAT Have YOU been doing huh ?

and I have no idea what kind of "professional engineers,project managers, etc" you know. but every single person that I know in china, from the age of 15 to 40+ have never received or seen Stuff like what you've said from the Government, ever.

You want to talk about Human rights? Oh yes US the US is so lovely just look at what they're doing to the people in the Middle East. Oh come back to the States for a second, whats that place called again? Oh yes! Guantanamo Bay ! wow Full of Human Rights there huh ?

RE: China is clueless
By bug77 on 1/26/2010 7:35:32 AM , Rating: 2
Ooops, you just blew your cover.

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