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China’s Internet Controls Here to Stay: Beijing Official

Reuters [1]
Monday, January 25th, 2010

China has every right to punish citizens using the Internet to challenge Communist Party power and ethnic policies, a senior official said on Monday, pressing Beijing’s counter-offensive against Google.

The defence of China’s curbs on the Internet came nearly two weeks after the world’s biggest search engine provider said it wanted to stop censoring its Chinese Google.cn website and was alarmed by online hacking attacks from within China.

The dispute has stoked friction between Beijing and Washington, two global economic heavyweights already wrestling with tensions over trade, U.S. weapons sales to Taiwan and human rights.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week urged China and other authoritarian governments to pull down Internet censorship, drawing a sharp rebuke from Beijing.

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