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China defends its Internet censorship

BEIJING - China on Thursday defended its right to police the Internet, one day after four American technology giants appeared before Congress on charges that they collaborated with Beijing to crush free speech online in return for market access.

"It is normal for countries to manage the Internet in accordance with law and to guide its development in a healthy and orderly fashion," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said. "China has also borrowed and learned from the United States and other countries in the world."

While China encourages use of the Internet for business and education, it strictly monitors the Web and censors anything it considers critical or a threat to the ruling Communist Party.

Representatives from Microsoft Corp., Yahoo, Cisco Systems and Google on Wednesday faced harsh questioning over the issue from U.S. lawmakers at a hearing of a House of Representatives International Relations subcommittee in Washington.

Date posted: February 16, 2006 Last modified: May 23, 2018 Total views: 13