Chinese: Google Flap Is a US Conspiracy

But government tries to tamp down drama
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2010 9:00 AM CST
A Google logo is seen partially blocked by a Chinese national flag at Google's China headquarters in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010.   (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
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(Newser) – Google is a puppet of US foreign policy, Chinese state-owned media are reporting, calling the company's threat to pull out of China unless censorship is dropped a conspiracy by the US government to interfere in Chinese politics. One paper quotes a political scientist saying, "the Google incident is not just a commercial incident, it is a political incident"—a direct reversal of the Chinese government's previous response to the brouhaha and a move that threatens to escalate US-China tensions, CNN reports.

The Chinese government denies the reversal, reports the AP, just ahead of a speech by Hillary Clinton on Internet freedom. Human rights groups counter the conspiracy theory with the argument that China is giving the "mealy-mouthed" Obama administration too much credit: "The Obama administration has been disappointing on China because it has not been willing to issue firm protests," a Human Rights Watch director said.

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