US requests website censoring details from China
U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said Wednesday that the request is being pursued under World Trade Organization rules governing how member countries deal with trade issues. Kirk said the concerns center on the competitiveness of foreign websites in China.
China’s policies led to a rare public fight with a major U.S. company last year when Google Inc. announced it was going to stop censoring its Internet search results on its Chinese website as the result of a hacking attack believed to have originated in China. The U.S. is increasing pressure on China over its trade policies, including its currency practices, but there is broad disagreement about the appropriate strategies for ensuring fair competition.