Clashing Over China's Internet Great Wall

Law360, New York (November 28, 2011, 11:56 AM EST) -- U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced on Oct. 20, 2011, that the United States, pursuant to World Trade Organization rules, is requesting that China provide more information on its Internet restrictions. More than a month passed with the Chinese media and public paying the request little attention.

It is not surprising that China is giving this sensitive request the silent treatment. Although Kirk claimed that the WTO request relates “specifically to commercial and trade impact of the Internet disruptions,” China is likely to perceive it from...
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