China Says U.S. Accusations are 'Groundless'
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."