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China Says U.S. Accusations are 'Groundless'

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 9 comments

The saga continues in the ongoing Google China drama series.

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 , 23 January 2010 21:02
    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.
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    mavanhel , 23 January 2010 22:22
    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.
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    strangestranger , 24 January 2010 03:26
    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.

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    fafner , 24 January 2010 22:03
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    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.


    LOL. Are Tim "Turbo Tax" Geithner, helicopter Ben, Dubya or Henk Paulson any different?
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    strangestranger , 24 January 2010 22:13
    I have no idea who they are. Although I assume they are politicians and you are a drawing a valid comparisons. True all politicians are the same but the extreme's that chinese go to is, well, extreme.
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    Anonymous , 25 January 2010 12:00
    USA = communism more than most think. A two party system, is pretty close to what russia had. Not a democrocy. There are plenty of links that arent viewable from out side the U.S. suggesting that US laws and Corps are censoring and blocking traffic. WTF is the difference? The great wall has been up for 100s of years....i like it that way.
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    staalkoppie , 25 January 2010 13:34
    Wow...that was the awkward moment right there..
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    Anonymous , 25 January 2010 17:25
    if the chinese peeps are happy being blocked let them b, why should we force our policies on em.
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    Anonymous , 26 January 2010 00:42
    "if the chinese peeps are happy being blocked let them b, why should we force our policies on em."

    I think youll find that most chinese techies are NOT happy to be blocked, but noone's allowed to disagree with the leadership, so they keep quiet and exploit the many vulnerabilities in the system to get through the firewall.