Reactions to Clinton’s Internet speech

China was not happy with Secretary Clinton’s Jan. 21 speech on Internet freedom. The Chinese Foreign Ministry called on the U.S. State Department "to respect the truth and to stop using the so-called Internet freedom question to level baseless accusations." A Foreign Ministry spokesman said in a statement, "The Chinese Internet is open." Craziness. In ...

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China was not happy with Secretary Clinton's Jan. 21 speech on Internet freedom. The Chinese Foreign Ministry called on the U.S. State Department "to respect the truth and to stop using the so-called Internet freedom question to level baseless accusations." A Foreign Ministry spokesman said in a statement, "The Chinese Internet is open."

Craziness. In her speech, Clinton respected the truth, and she didn't make "baseless accusations." As for the Chinese Internet being open, the New York Times got it right when it stated in a pro-Clinton editorial, "The Chinese people know better. So should China's government." (Meanwhile, a favorable Wall Street Journal editorial said, "Kudos to Hillary Clinton.")

China was not happy with Secretary Clinton’s Jan. 21 speech on Internet freedom. The Chinese Foreign Ministry called on the U.S. State Department "to respect the truth and to stop using the so-called Internet freedom question to level baseless accusations." A Foreign Ministry spokesman said in a statement, "The Chinese Internet is open."

Craziness. In her speech, Clinton respected the truth, and she didn’t make "baseless accusations." As for the Chinese Internet being open, the New York Times got it right when it stated in a pro-Clinton editorial, "The Chinese people know better. So should China’s government." (Meanwhile, a favorable Wall Street Journal editorial said, "Kudos to Hillary Clinton.")

Preeti Aroon was copy chief at Foreign Policy from 2009 to 2016 and was an FP assistant editor from 2007 to 2009. Twitter: @pjaroonFP

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