US requests website censoring details from China

(AP) -- The U.S. government has formally asked China to turn over details of its policies for censoring websites.

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said Wednesday in a statement that the request is being pursued under rules governing how member countries deal with trade issues. Kirk said the concerns center on the of foreign websites in China.

China heavily censors its Internet, and Kirk said the U.S. wants to understand China's rules governing website blocking so that foreign websites can adopt policies to avoid being blocked.

The request also seeks information on the mechanics of Internet censorship in China, and whether it's implemented directly by the government or indirectly by Internet providers.

Some 500 million people in China use the Internet. They are hotly pursued by marketers.


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Oct 19, 2011
It has long been obvious to me that the Chinese government uses the whole "protecting the citizens against foreign corruption and against perversion" statement as economic protectionist policy in order to develop fledgling net industries. www.youku.com (video sharing site), www.xiaonei.com (aka www.renren.com, a social networking site), and www.weibo.com (twitter like site) were nothing before their corresponding western sites were blocked. Now they have large share.

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