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With U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton publicly criticizing China’s Internet censorship, the Chinese government has gone on the offensive, denying Google’s insinuation from earlier this month that it had been involved in hacking email accounts and labeling calls for an open Internet as self-interested fallacies.

With Secretary of State Hillary Clinton publicly criticizing China’s Internet censorship, the Chinese government has gone on the offensive, denying Google’s insinuation from earlier this month that it’s been involved in hacking email accounts and labeling calls for an open Internet as self-interested fallacies.

Now maybe I’ve been brainwashed by U.S. propaganda and Google is simply the U.S. government’s “chess piece,” as China claims, but I found some of the Chinese commentary about Internet freedom seriously offensive. One such example came from an article in Communist Party newspaper People’s Daily (via the Wall Street Journal):

“It was America that initiated Internet warfare, using YouTube videos and Twitter micro-blog misinformation to split, incite, and sow discord between the conservative and reform factions…to bring about large-scale bloodshed in Iran.”

This comment comes from Yan Xuetong, head of the Institute of International Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing, who was quoted in the Communist Party-backed Global Times (via the New York Times):

“As the global landscape is undergoing profound irreversible shifts, the calculated free-Internet scheme is just one step of a U.S. tactic to preserve its hegemonic domination.”

And this, again from the People’s Daily (via the AP):

“In reality, this ‘Internet freedom’ that it is marketing everywhere is nothing but a diplomatic strategy, and only an illusion of freedom.”

Image by Flickr user googlisti.

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  1. Yup the “Internet warfare” doomsday clock just ticked

  2. I actually agree w/ the last quote. Yes that last quote is disturbing, but the it’s disturbing because it is true of any government – western or otherwise. Freedom is an pretty illusion.

    Look what has happened in the US w/ our constitutional rights in the last 9 years. Warrant-less wiretapping, jailing people w/ out charge, SEC saying bailout information is a ‘state secret’, etc. Do you think these same logics/actions are not being applied to the internet here in the US?

    Not to mention Comcast/Warner throttling and the beginning of tiered internet access…

    Look at what is happening in other Western countries… Australia: government mandated Internet filtering… UK: unbounded monitoring online and offline…

    ‘Internet Freedom’ is a joke. The crazy thing is that China – China of all countries – has the guts to say the punch line…

  3. Hillary Clinton couldn’t even track her own husband, and she’s purporting to dictate to the world how to live and what to do? HAHAHAHAHAHA! Get real. She has the balls (literally) to stand up and pretend to fight Internet censorship when this post is being pulled off US and UK websites quicker than you can say “Monica Lewinski”?

    Hillary Clinton hosted a Secretary of State dinner for Google not too long ago, spending tons of mental energy and taxpayers’ non-existent money on who’s allowed to see what, where and when online, when we’ve got a neighboring Nation experiencing the worst natural disaster in history shows the true colors of our current US leaders and what they are focusing on. No respect for the people and lives lost in Haiti, to stand up in the middle of it all with the “Clinton Doctrine” in the middle of that nightmare. God help us all.

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  7. I think a quick review of the U.S. government’s COINTELPRO program shows that all of the Chinese government’s statements are completely plausible. There are realms of FBI files to show our tax dollars at work.

    Remember the U.S. govt sending leadership of different political factions in the U.S. letters accusing their competing faction’s leader of adulterous relationships and trying to stir up deadly violence? Read more at: http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Fascism/End_Of_America.html

    The FBI regularly engages in massive media campaigns to discredit activists–even ones who have been murdered or their agents have attempted to murder: http://www.thehighroad.us/archive/index.php/t-78574.html

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