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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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RE: China is clueless
By qualme on 1/25/2010 2:00:41 PM , Rating: 5
Do you believe every piece of propoganda crap you hear? All those oil fields were never taken from Iraq. All the oil from the wells were never taken from Iraq. All the money from those oil wells is being used by Iraq to rebuild the mess that Husain made.

Ask Japan and South Korea what happens to countries that are liberated by the US.

Its like any building project, the work makes a mess while its underway, but the final result is worth it.

Unless you still like the idea of the old Iraq terrorizing its own citizens and having most of it ruled by random warlords.


RE: China is clueless
By aegisofrime on 1/25/2010 9:54:06 PM , Rating: 3
Ask Japan and South Korea what happens to countries that are liberated by the US.

Add Germany to that list. Read Marshall Plan and Berlin Airlift.

Seriously, some of you people really need to go out and research the facts instead of believing all the crap that you read online, or hear on Fox News (I'm not American but even I have heard of Fox News' shenanigans.)


RE: China is clueless
By gamerk2 on 1/26/2010 10:09:59 AM , Rating: 2
Different circumstance. Germany, South Korea, and Japan all had democracies at one point in their history, and all had the Soviet threat breathing down their throat which helped cut down any dissent that may have remained.

I could just as easily throw in Tonga, the Phillapians, Iran, Iraq, Vietnam, Cuba, and most of South America into the same exact group of countries the US has attempted to rebuild over the past century, and point to the opposite results.

The US does fine in countries with histories of Democracy, but otherwise, all instances of US nation building have been total failures.


RE: China is clueless
By chick0n on 1/26/2010 12:00:26 AM , Rating: 1
Sure.

Story :
"Oh yeah Blow them up cuz they g0t WMD ! OMG WE ALL GONNA DIE SO BLOW THEM UP B4 it HappenzzZZZ!"
"Sir we found no WMD!"
"Well ... they HAVE IT SOMEWHERE!"
"Sir we looked everywhere, even sadddam's dog house, nothing"
"THEY HAVE IT SOMEWHERE! WE JUST KILL' THEM' ALL' Before they have a chance to use it!"
"umm Sir, what about the city? we trashed the whole place"
"Yea you're right, hmm, Guess what they have to rebuild them"
"But Sir they have got nothing left its all in pieces ..."
"Can't you see those Oil fields ! We will supply the "Technology" they need to rebuild, they just pay us ! no one else! No money? tell them to sell their oil to us !"
"buuuut Sir we blew them in the first place shouldn't we ..."
"No! One more word from your mouth you're going to the Guantanamo Bay cuz you're helping Terrorist!


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