The Chinese government has released an official statement, warning the US government that continued criticism of its internet policies might harm the ties between the two countries.
The statement, which was issued by the Chinese foreign ministry, followed the freedom of speech statement given by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who warned China that it risks international condemnation if it refuses to review its internet censorship policy.
The document was posted on the Foreign Ministry website and said that “The US has criticised China's policies to administer the internet and insinuated that China restricts Internet freedom. We urge the United States to respect the facts and cease using so-called Internet freedom to make groundless accusations against China.”
China has claimed that the US government’s campaign for freedom of speech and uncensored information is a disguised attempt to force its values on other cultures in the name of democracy.
The Chinese media aggressively criticised Hilary Clinton for her speech and categorised it as ‘cultural imperialism’. However, the highly critical article was removed from the internet after a while.
China’s draconian censorship laws have come under the global spotlight after Google threatened to shut shop in China after some Gmail accounts were hacked by Chinese hackers.
Both countries believe strongly in their respective rights and it couldn't have been otherwise. Let's hope that this doesn't escalate into a full-fledged diplomatic confrontation between the two super powers. This could seriously harm the economies on both sides of the frontier.