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China says it needs no Internet lessons from U.S.

January 26, 2010

Reporting by Ralph Jennings; Editing by Paul Tait
January 23, 2010

BEIJING (Reuters) -- China needs no lessons about
its Internet from the United States, the head of
an online media association said through official
media on Saturday after the United States rapped
Beijing over information freedom.

A speech by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on
Thursday showed a lack of respect for China,
which cannot accept conditions on matters of
"national security" or "social stability," said
Beijing Association of Online Media Chairman Min Dahong.

The Internet has joined trade imbalances,
currency values, U.S. weapons sales to Taiwan and
tensions over human rights and Tibet among the
quarrels straining ties between the world's
biggest and third-biggest economies.

"How China's Internet develops and how it is
managed are Chinese people's own affairs," Min
said in an interview with state-run

"On the Internet question, China doesn't need any
lessons from the United States on what to do or how," he said.

Clinton's speech criticized the cyber policies of
China and Iran, among others, and demanded
Beijing investigate complaints by Google Inc about hacking and censorship.

Google, the world's top search engine, said it
may shut its Chinese-language website
and offices in China after a cyber-attack
originating from China that also targeted other
firms and human rights campaigners using its Gmail service.

Websites Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are
blocked in China, which uses a filtering
"firewall" to prevent Internet users from seeing
international web sites with content China's Communist Party opposes.

"Hillary's speech on January 21 insinuating that
China lacks freedom of information and speech is
in fact disrespectful and doesn't stand up," Min said.
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