China describes WikiLeaks content `absurd and ridiculous`

China described the content of the leaks of US secret cables as "absurd and ridiculous".

Beijing: China, which has blocked access
to the whistle-blower WikiLeaks website with its web
firewalls, today described the content of the leaks of US
secret cables as "absurd and ridiculous".

Asserting that the blackout of the WikiLeaks website
was done under the Chinese law, Foreign Ministry spokesperson
Jiang Yu dismissed the leaks as absurd and ridiculous, saying
it was not worth commenting.

Chinese official internet firewalls blocked access to
Wikileaks website, while media here stonewalled publication of
the secret US documents some of which highlighted China`s
embarrassing predicament over the antics of its close ally
North Korea and allegation of ruling Communist party directly
authorising cyber attacks on Google.

Access to WikiLeaks.org and Cablegate.WikiLeaks.org
were totally blocked and can not be accessed even through some
of the free proxy servers highlighting the extent of control
the government exercises in China which has the largest
network base of over 420 million users.

There was not much in the print and electronic media
here during the past few days about the 2.5 lakh documents
leaked except for a denial in state-run media by official
analysts that claims of a leaked cable that the Politburo of
Chinese Communist Party authorised intrusive web attacks on
Google to make it fall in line with the official controls.

Google, which has over 30 per cent share in the
burgeoning Chinese internet market almost winded up its
operations earlier this year by shifting its operations to
Hong Kong but later returned accepting all the stipulated
conditions to remain in business in China.

Meanwhile, the WikiLeaks documents containing some of
the US embassy memos here contained some of the frank and
candid assessment by Chinese officials of acts of North Korea,
Beijing`s closest ally, with one official describing Pyongyang
behaving like a "spoiled child" for attempting to win US
attention with a provocative missile test.

A February 2010 cable quoting a South Korean official
as saying that "The PRC [People`s Republic of China] would be
comfortable with a reunified Korea controlled by Seoul (South
Korea) and anchored to the United States in a "benign
alliance" as long as Korea was not hostile towards China."

PTI

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