China's media lashes out at Clinton's internet demands
Posted in: Censorship at 23/01/2010 21:31
China's media have reacted angrily to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's call for China to lift restrictions on the internet and investigate Google's complaints of cyber-attacks.
Several papers argue the issue has been politicized to enable Google to cover up its failure to dominate the Chinese search market.
Others suggest that the move could strain ties between the two countries but one daily warns that "China is neither Hawaii nor Iraq" and will resist US attempts to "Westernise" it.
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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu insisted that the Internet was open in China and warned that the U.S. should "properly handle differences" over the issue or risk damaging bilateral relations.
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Web giant Google's threat to leave China over cyber attacks on rights activists and internet censorship, combined with Ms Clinton's strong denunciation of censorship, have caused the Google affair to escalate into a major row between Washington and Beijing.