China Says U.S. Accusations are 'Groundless'

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday in a speech called on the Chinese government to look at the recent happenings leading up to Google's threat to pull out of China.

Clinton said in Washington, "We look to the Chinese authorities to conduct a thorough review of the activities that led Google to make its announcements… Chinese authorities need to provide an explanation for the cyberattacks originating on Chinese soil…"

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has responded indirectly to those comments through a spokesman comment on its website.

"The U.S. has criticized China’s policies to administer the Internet and insinuated that China restricts Internet freedom," said spokesman Ma Zhaoxu, as translated by Wired. "This runs contrary to the facts and is harmful to China-U.S. relations. We urge the United States to respect the facts and cease using so-called Internet freedom to make groundless accusations against China."

The Chinese spokesman did add that the government didn't want issue with Google to overwhelm cooperation with the Obama government. Ma said each side should "appropriately handle rifts and sensitive issues, protecting the healthy and stable development of China-U.S. relations."

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  • LePhuronn
    Nobody insinuated China restricts internet freedom. It's a documented fact they do. The whole reason this event is spiralling out of control is because China will not acknowledge that the attack occurred within its borders - with the Great Firewall in place it's incredibly difficult to spoof or route IPs from outside of the country, so if the attack did indeed occur within China's borders then either they have to admit their strict security measure locking down the people have holes in them, or admit that somebody did take a pop at a U.S. company.
  • mavanhel
    Sure, but do you really think that the Chinese would globally admit that something they did failed in epic proportions? They have too much pride to admit that.
  • strangestranger
    I wonder how the chinese government keeps a straight face sometimes, I mean they know they speak BS, they know that other people know they speak BS yet they keep speaking BS.