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China Says U.S. Accusations are 'Groundless'

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 66 comments

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."

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    IzzyCraft , January 22, 2010 8:47 PM
    eh it's china fault every country does a bit of hacking espionage but china does a ways too much it's starting to tick people off.
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    Gulli , January 22, 2010 9:09 PM
    "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..."

    Right, I wonder how the Chinese dictionary explains the word "freedom"...
    Mr. Zhaoxu knew he was lying, his superiors knew he was lying, the whole world knew he was lying, it's ridiculous how this regime embarrasses itself to stay in power.
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    doc70 , January 22, 2010 8:52 PM
    This is so typical of communist regimes, they lie in your face and call white as black while you look at it and see that it is white.
    Did not expect any other answer from them...question is, will the US accept this and look the other way, as it has done repeatedly whenever China was involved, or will take a different stance this time? I am willing to bet on the first option.
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    mp562 , January 22, 2010 8:41 PM
    Good for Hilary, it's about time someone speaks up.
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    happi , January 22, 2010 8:46 PM
    It's politic, nobody knows the real truth, they all twist and turn using words.

    If China really did it, you think they would admit that they did?
    On other hand US gov want a pinch at China ways of doing things
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    IzzyCraft , January 22, 2010 8:47 PM
    eh it's china fault every country does a bit of hacking espionage but china does a ways too much it's starting to tick people off.
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    doc70 , January 22, 2010 8:52 PM
    This is so typical of communist regimes, they lie in your face and call white as black while you look at it and see that it is white.
    Did not expect any other answer from them...question is, will the US accept this and look the other way, as it has done repeatedly whenever China was involved, or will take a different stance this time? I am willing to bet on the first option.
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    logitic , January 22, 2010 8:57 PM
    There is an old saying I want to bring up here...


    "Don't bite the hand that feeds you!"

    We are so in dept to China Hilary needs to keep her ill informed trap shot!
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    happi , January 22, 2010 9:03 PM
    logiticThere is an old saying I want to bring up here..."Don't bite the hand that feeds you!"We are so in dept to China Hilary needs to keep her ill informed trap shot!


    China is so rich to lend out so much money, maybe use the money to better its citizen life style?
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    gorehound , January 22, 2010 9:07 PM
    The only thing I dislike about China is it's Government.I do love the country,people,the foods,the films, etc.
    We have a lot of Asians who live here in Portland, Maine.
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    Gulli , January 22, 2010 9:09 PM
    "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..."

    Right, I wonder how the Chinese dictionary explains the word "freedom"...
    Mr. Zhaoxu knew he was lying, his superiors knew he was lying, the whole world knew he was lying, it's ridiculous how this regime embarrasses itself to stay in power.
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    haunted one , January 22, 2010 9:18 PM
    If politicians were pinacchio's they could probably bridge the Pacific with their noses. LOL
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    aford10 , January 22, 2010 9:35 PM
    We should believe them, because China has always been forthcoming and truthful.
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    winner4455 , January 22, 2010 10:24 PM
    I hope US doesn't back down because of this.
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    d-block , January 22, 2010 10:53 PM
    Get Bill Gates on the phone!
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    pakardbell486dx2 , January 22, 2010 10:58 PM
    Listen guys,
    The US has done some rather shady stuff and as a US citizen i am not to proud about that. But Fortunately for us living in most western countries there is this thing called accountability. Govt should be held accountable for their actions on the people. The role of the govt is to serve the people and not the other way around. This something the people from the Chinese govt does not care about and rather views its own people as a commodity and expendable resource. No matter how much you try to put pressure on the Chinese govt they will not budge. Freedom of speech is a direct assault to their power. Every dictator and authoritative regime are absolutely scared shitless about this and will do and say anything to stop it. It's all right for other leaders of other countries to advocate freedoms but it is not right for them to force it on other nations. It's up to the Chinese people to decide if they want to keep their communist govt or not. Personally i would really like to see that oppressive govt kick the bucket, i just hope the next govt that comes in is not the same or worse as the one that precededs it. What ever decision the Chinese people make we should as members of the world, respect them for it.
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    DejaVuBoy , January 22, 2010 11:33 PM
    The people working at Google are smarter than the ones working for the US government. If Google has a beef with China, they can make their own demands and decisions, because money talks, and politics have no place here.

    I thought the US govt would stay out of this one.
    Fine then. Stay. Out.
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    drowned , January 22, 2010 11:58 PM
    "and insinuated that China restricts Internet freedom...this runs contrary to the facts"

    Saying stuff like that only works on brainwashed commies, not Americans.
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    christop , January 22, 2010 11:59 PM
    Gov sticking it nose in where it doesn't belong whats new?
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    wussupi83 , January 23, 2010 12:01 AM
    Politics anymore are just a sign of how bad the world is getting, 2012 really needs to get here.
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    specialist , January 23, 2010 12:04 AM
    As a R.P.C. resident living in Beijing, I can strongly feel the restriction on Internet by the gov interuption has been more and more obviously. What the gov's actions doesn't according to its announcements. But it may useless the controversy between US-China govs, I believe there is a great chasm between the two. Actually, the Constitution gives the power to our gov cannot be well controlled. And so the definition of freedom is very different with U.S. law. I once have a facebook account but now it cannot be log in unless I would live China. I don't know why someone has the authority to blocking YouTube, Twitter, etc., let alone you are a U.S. resident. Now, I am afraid about whether I can use my Gmail account tomorrow. I am afraid whether I can say on this website tomorrow. I don't know.

    Oh, forgive my English.
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    jsc , January 23, 2010 12:08 AM
    And right below this story in the News section is this:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/internet-explorer-patch-google-hack,9493.html
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    razorblaze42 , January 23, 2010 12:15 AM
    I don't see anything wrong with China banning porn in their country. I can certainly understand why seeing all the immortality in the US caused by lax laws on porn and other unscrupulous activities. As for the servers being hacked, sounds like Google needs better security to me, because this fake threat to leave China is totally transparent ploy to gain some kind of concession form the Chinese government imho. If Google has a problem with laws in China it’s certainly free to pack up and go home, no one is forcing them to stay in China. What Secretary Clinton needs to be concerned with the massive trade deficit with China, and US jobs being shipped overseas. My concern is, given China’s deplorable record on human rights, why are we doing business with a communist dictator? It’s like America is afraid to stand up to China, I know we owe them a lot of money but where’s is our pride? Land of the free home of the brave and all that?
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