By Steven Musil
January 24, 2010
After warning of strained U.S.-China relations, China's government has
issued a statement denying any state involvement in the cyber attacks on
Google and some 30 other companies.
The statement, issued Monday Beijing time by China's Ministry of
Industry and Information Technology and carried on the state news agency
Xinhua, comes at a time of heightened tension between China and the
United States over Internet censorship and security in China.
The "accusation that the Chinese government participated in (any)
cyberattack, either in an explicit or inexplicit way, is groundless and
aims to denigrate China," an unidentified ministry spokesman told
Xinhua, according to an Agence France Presse report. "We are firmly
opposed to that."
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton formally denounced
Internet censorship in a speech Thursday that was directed both at the
private and public sectors. For corporations, she said, "Censorship
should not be accepted by any company from anywhere. American companies
need to make a principled stand."
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