January 13, 2010 / 4:48 AM / 10 years ago

Clinton: Google China case raises serious concerns

HONOLULU (Reuters) - The United States has very serious concerns about charges by Google that China is censoring web search results and otherwise interfering with Internet freedoms, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday.

“We have been briefed by Google on these allegations, which raise very serious concerns and questions. We look to the Chinese government for an explanation,” Clinton said in a statement in Honolulu, where she is en route to the western Pacific.

Clinton said “the ability to operate with confidence in cyberspace is critical in a modern society and economy” and that the United States would have further comment as the facts in the case become clear.

Reporting by Andrew Quinn; Editing by Bill Trott

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