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US seeks explanation from China on Google

world Updated: Jan 13, 2010 11:12 IST

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Expressing serious concerns over the Chinese censorship on Google, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today sought an explanation from Beijing in this regard.

"We look to the Chinese government for an explanation," Clinton said in a statement after Google officials briefed the State Department over Chinese censorship.

"We have been briefed by Google on these allegations, which raise very serious concerns and questions," she said.
Citing assaults from hackers on its computer systems and China's attempts to "limit free speech on the Web", Google
in a statement earlier today said it would stop cooperating with Chinese Internet censorship and consider shutting down
its operations in China.

"The ability to operate with confidence in cyberspace is critical in a modern society and economy. I will be giving
an address next week on the centrality of internet freedom in the 21st century, and we will have further comment on this
matter as the facts become clear," Clinton said.