China Scolds Clinton Over Google Remarks

Her criticism about Internet freedom could 'damage' relations
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2010 6:04 AM CST
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a news conference Thursday.   (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
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(Newser) – Beijing is none too happy with the scolding it received from Hillary Clinton over Google and Internet freedom. Her accusations "are against the facts and damage Sino-US relations,” says the foreign ministry spokesman. “We urge the US side to respect facts and stop using the issue of so-called Internet freedom to make unjustified attacks on China.”

The statement follows Clinton's speech yesterday in which she encouraged US companies to resist Internet censorship and warned Beijing that its heavy hand on the web could jeopardize Asian growth, reports Bloomberg. "Countries that restrict free access to information or violate the basic rights of Internet users risk walling themselves off from the progress of the next century.”

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