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China wants a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T when it comes to internet policies

China is infamous for blocking access to various types of content on the internet. China also forces search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo to censor their search results and has in the past forced the search engines to hand over information on users.

One of the most recent censorship issues in China was the censoring of map services like Google Maps. China said the censorship was due to security risks. Reuters reports that China has vowed it will not relax government control of the internet and will not bow down to foreign criticism of its rules and regulations for the internet.

China's vow to keep its strict censorship policies in place were part of a whitepaper published this week by the Chinese government called "a crystallization of human wisdom" that stated in part that the internet was "transforming the pattern of economic development."

China already boasts the world's largest internet-using population and the country has plans to grow that number even further. Over the next five years, China plans to give 45% of its population totaling 1.3 billion access to the internet. That would be a gain of 30% from the number of internet users in the country right now. China specifically promised no reduction in control over censoring pornographic and violent content and will continue to block access to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube as well.

The whitepaper states, "Effectively protecting Internet security is an important part of China's Internet administration, and an indispensable requirement for protecting state security and the public interest. Internet administration is a process of continuous practice, and the Chinese government is determined to improve its Internet administration work."

Governments around the world have criticized China's policies on censorship including authorities from the U.S. and Europe. China states the criticisms will have no effect on how it controls access to information online. "Within Chinese territory the Internet is under the jurisdiction of Chinese sovereignty,” the whitepaper continued. “The Internet sovereignty of China should be respected and protected."

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RE: Screw China
By wiz220 on 6/8/2010 12:50:14 PM , Rating: 3
Ok, that'd work great until China stops lending us money by purchasing our government debt. Sadly, I think THEY have the upper hand here, not us.

RE: Screw China
By taber on 6/8/2010 1:07:28 PM , Rating: 2
Actually it's more of a tie. If China were to tank our economy, they'd also tank their foreign reserves. Not to mention how much our imports plummeting would also impact their economy.

The odds of seeing any big action being taken by the US on China or vice-versa are pretty slim because of that.

RE: Screw China
By Smartless on 6/8/2010 2:19:34 PM , Rating: 2
Yah I remember watching a show on this one company in China with an excess of about $50 billion. His job was to find promising American companies to invest in. He said the better America does, the farther their exports go.

Aside from all this economics business. You know its so easy to turn this into a black and white, censorship versus free speech, argument. But here we are, "protecting" our children from violent games, internet bullies, porn, as well as having net nannies. On one side of the coin, at least we have can choose to show our kids this but the other you can say the government is providing free protection. lol. Man that argument didn't turn out so well.

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