China has staunchly defended its right to censor online content, saying it will continue to block anything subversive or threatening to “national unity.”
In an apparent contradiction, the Beijing government also said it “guarantees freedom of speech on the Internet” in a 31-page “white paper” statement.
China’s control of the Internet has led to a flurry of international criticism.
During a recent visit to China, European Commission VP Neelie Kroes said the World Trade Organization should examine China’s Web censorship “as long as that is a real barrier for communication.”
Facebook and YouTube are blocked and searches for controversial terms such as “Dalai Lama” can bring users up against Internet controls known as the “Great Firewall of China.”