U.S. has met with China on Internet freedom: official

WASHINGTON Tue Jan 19, 2010 2:59pm EST

A Chinese national flag flies in front of Google China's headquarters in Beijing, January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Alfred Jin

A Chinese national flag flies in front of Google China's headquarters in Beijing, January 15, 2010.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has had multiple meetings with Chinese authorities over Internet freedom and will have more in the coming days, a top State Department official said on Tuesday amid continuing tensions between Google and Beijing.

Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Kurt Campbell told reporters that Washington viewed free and open Internet use as a "universal right that should be available to all people."

"The ability to operate with confidence in cyberspace is critical in a modern society and economy," he said.

"The U.S. government has had multiple meetings with Chinese authorities on this matter and will have more in the coming days," Campbell added.

Google said last week that it and other companies were targets of sophisticated cyber-spying from China, and threatened to pull out of the country.

"We take this matter very seriously," Campbell said. "The whole issue does raise serious concerns."

He said China had denied the allegations made by Google. Campbell said Washington believed Chinese authorities were in the best position to explain the situation, "and we are asking them for an explanation."

(Reporting by Andrew Quinn and Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Eric Beech)

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Comments (6)
THeRmoNukE wrote:
Well, I guess everything is going to get more expensive. We have enjoyed life long enough off the backs of slave laborers serving foreign power control freaks. Come on home GOOG, and pick up INTC on your way before China nationalizes the plants over there anyway. Or did you think they are trying to corner the rare earth metals market for another reason?

Jan 19, 2010 3:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
t3chm4st3r wrote:
There is a Obama tag for this article, but I don’t see a mention of him or his administration.

Jan 19, 2010 3:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JimSpears wrote:
hey, what’s the internet access like in Guantanamo? Probably just as many people there as in China

Jan 19, 2010 3:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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