The US Senate has condemned the cyber-attacks on Google and other tech companies in China, and has called on the Chinese government to provide a full explanation
The Chinese government, for its part, has said it had nothing to do with the attacks, accused the United States of protectionism and warned US companies it expects Chinese Internet laws to be respected.
Reuters reported that Minister Wang Chen of China’s State Council Information Office said in an interview, “Our country is at a crucial stage of reform and development, and this is a period of marked social conflicts. Properly guiding Internet opinion is a major measure for protecting Internet information security.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Jiang Yu added in another interview, “China welcomes international Internet businesses developing services in China according to the law. Chinese law proscribes any form of hacking activity.”
Google’s possible pullback from China comes at a time when Washington is attempting to persuade Beijing to curb its Internet censorship policies as part of the United States’ larger policy initiatives involving the intellectual property rights of companies doing business in China, where piracy rates are high.