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China says John Kerry's call for Internet freedom naive

Published on Feb 17, 2014 5:51 PM
US Secretary of State John Kerry (right) in a discussion with Chinese bloggers in Beijing, on Feb 15, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China criticised US 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, Mr 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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