Late last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton critized China’s use of Internet censorship and its lack of support for Internet freedom in a speech in Washington, DC. Following the remarks, the Chinese responded calling the US “information imperialist[s]” and stating that accusations against China were false.
The Chinese have claimed that US criticism of China’s Internet policies, including protests surrounding the recent attacks against search giant Google, is harming US-Sino relations and have asked Secretary Clinton to stop ‘finger pointing.’
On the Chinese government’s website, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu, said “The US side had criticised China's policies on internet administration, alluding that China restricts internet freedom. We firmly oppose such words and deeds, which are against the facts and harm China-US relations.”
“We urge the US side to respect facts and stop using the so-called freedom of the internet to make unjustified accusations against China,” Ma said.
China is often accused of filtering content, one of Google’s complaints following the recent attacks. The Chinese claim that any censoring of Internet content is consistent with China’s culture and ‘national conditions.’