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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
[citation][nom]demonhorde665[/nom]Just because walmart and other retailers are handing buisness to china it doesn't mean they "fed" us. Quite the oposite actually , in the famous words of south park ... THEY TUK ER JUBS ![/citation]
Seriously? you are aware that China holds the bulk of the Trillions of debt the Usa owes. Its not simply about jobs and goods it is about the inability of the Usa to support itself now and in the future.
Razorblaze42 it isn't simply porn that is being filtered, it's about filtering news; current event's; educational sites; religous sites; libraries and many others.. It is important for someone to take a stand and if the world's lobbiest infested goverments won't then I applaud a company for doing so..
this is a cultural and idealogical issue that must be addressed in tendem to managing the national debt.