CHINA BLASTS CLINTON INTERNET FREEDOM SPEECH,  CALLS IT HARMFUL FOR RELATIONS WITH USA

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton cited China as among a number of countries where there has been “a spike in threats to the free flow of information” over the past year.  She also named Tunisia, Uzbekistan, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam. 

China rejected immediately the call of U.S. Secretary of State Clinton for the lifting of restrictions on the Internet in China, denouncing her criticism as false and damaging to bilateral ties.  A state-run newspaper labeled the appeal from Washington as “information imperialism.”  Internet control is considered a crucial matter of state security in China, and China is not expected to offer any concessions to the U.S. Beijing promotes Internet use for commerce, but heavily censors content it deems pornographic, anti-social or politically subversive. Source: Associated Press

BIIA Newsletter April I – 2010 Issue