The Chinese Foreign Ministry lashed out Jan. 22 against a speech on internet censorship made the previous day by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, calling on the United States government “to respect the truth and to stop using the so-called internet freedom question to level baseless accusations,” reports the New York Times. Ma Zhaoxu, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, said in a written statement that the criticism leveled by Mrs. Clinton was “harmful to Sino-American relations.” The statement signaled that China was ready to wrestle politically with the United States in the debate over...

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