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中国的互联网是开放的 (zhōng guó de hū lián wǎng shì kāi fàng de): China's internet is open

This appears to be the official position of the Chinese government. This position was perhaps most famously repeated in January 14th, 2010 by Jiang Yu, Spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry. Below are her responses to two questions asked by reporters at a regularly scheduled press conference.

   Q: Google announced that it might withdraw from the Chinese market and no longer cooperate with the Chinese Government on internet censorship. What's China's response to that?
   A: I want to stress that China's internet is open. The Chinese Government encourages the development of the internet and endeavors to create a sound environment for the healthy development of internet. As in other countries, China manages the internet in accordance with law. The measures we take are consistent with international practice. I also want to stress that China welcomes international internet corporations to do business in China in accordance with law.
   Q: Is YouTube blocked in China? Why?
   A: I do not understand the situation to which you are referring. What I can tell you is that the Chinese government manages the internet in accordance with the law. It has clearly written rules about which information should be prohibited from being spread on the internet. I suggest that you ask CNNIC for information about this issue.

Jiang Yu's comments were not the earliest mention of China's open internet. In 2009, Zhou Xisheng more dramatically stated that “China has the most open internet in the world.

Jiang Yu, Spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry