2014-02-17T100806Z_1_CBREA1G0S5L00_RTROPTP_2_SINGAPORE

China says Kerry's call for Internet freedom naive

A map of China is seen through a magnifying glass on a computer screen showing binary digits in SingaporeChina criticized U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday for his “naive” call for more Internet freedom in the country, and wondered why his discussion with Chinese bloggers had not touched upon Edward Snowden. During an approximately 40-minute chat with bloggers in Beijing on Saturday, Kerry expressed his support for online freedom in China, as well as for human rights in general. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said outsiders had no right to pass judgment and misunderstood the real situation. “If China’s Internet had not gone through enormous development in the past few years then where would these bloggers have come from?” she told a daily news briefing.

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