China defends Internet ‘Great Firewall’

June 8, 2010 – 4:50PM

China on Tuesday defended its right to censor the Internet, saying it needed to do so to ensure state security, and cautioned other nations to respect how it polices the world’s largest online population.

The government’s white paper on the Internet in China — where more than 400 million people are now online — comes after a very public row with Google over web freedoms which prompted the US firm to shut down its Chinese search engine.

The Google spat over censorship and cyberattacks touched off a war of words with the United States over Internet freedom, at a time when ties were already suffering over US arms sales to Taiwan and a host of trade and currency issues.

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