Red flag … China vows to continue censoring the internet in new white paper. Photo: Reuters/Jason Lee
China will continue to suppress online freedom, according to a government white paper released today after months of wrangling about censorship.
A very public spat with internet giant Google earlier this year led to the company shutting down its main Chinese search engine and added to tensions with Washington, already strained over US arms sales to Taiwan and other issues.
China has the world’s largest number of internet users and while the market has boomed as Chinese take to the web to blog, read news or trade goods, Beijing has kept a tight grip over sensitive content on subjects like politics and ethnic unrest.