China emphasizes laws as Google defies censorship

But a Chinese official dodges questions about alleged cyberattacks on Google from China

China said Thursday that foreign Internet companies are welcome to operate in the country in accordance with local laws, after Google defied authorities by saying it will end censorship on its Chinese search engine.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu made the statement at a news briefing when asked about Google's threat to leave the Chinese market. China requires Google and other search companies to filter pornographic and politically sensitive content from their search results.

Google this week said it plans to stop censoring Google.cn, its search engine aimed at Chinese users, and that the move might lead it to shut its China offices altogether. Analysts doubt China will allow Google to run an uncensored Chinese search engine.

Google also said it had been hit by sophisticated cyberattacks launched from China and largely aimed at accessing the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists.

Jiang defended China's cyber laws but did not directly respond to the hacking allegation. "Chinese law prohibits any form of hacking attack," Jiang said. When asked if Chinese law also bars the government itself from hacking activity, she deferred the question to the "competent department."

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a day earlier called for an explanation from China, adding U.S. government pressure to Google's allegations.

China has explained its position to the U.S., Jiang said without elaborating when asked about Clinton's statements.

China so far has given little public response to Google. The country's official news agency Xinhua cited an unnamed official as saying Chinese Internet authorities are seeking more information on Google's statement that it could leave China.

"It is still hard to say whether Google will quit China or not. Nobody knows," the official in the State Council Information Office was quoted as saying.

Jiang also deferred questions to the competent departments when asked if the government was in talks with Google, how China punishes cybercriminals and if China was involved in alleged cyberattacks on U.S. lawyers serving a company that has sued China over software piracy.

When asked to name the competent departments, Jiang said the ministry could help reporters contact them later.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags censorshiphackGoogleChinaprivacy

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Owen Fletcher

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?