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China Says It Supports Web Development

China encourages foreign companies to take part in Internet development "according to the law," a foreign ministry spokeswoman said after Google threatened to shut down its Chinese Web site and offices.
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BEIJING (

TheStreet

) -- China encourages foreign companies to take part in Internet development "according to the law," a foreign ministry spokeswoman said after

Google

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threatened to shut down its Web site and its offices in the country.

China opposes cyber-hacking, said Jiang Yu, in response to a question about Google and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's comments that the case raises serious concerns,

Reuters

reports.

"China's Internet is open and the Chinese government encourages development of the Internet," Jiang said,

Reuters

reports.

"Chinese law proscribes any form of hacking activity," she added.

On Tuesday, Google it was no longer willing to censor its search results in China and could potentially

shut down its Web site and its offices in the country

after it was the victim of hackers.

Google said it had evidence that computer hackers had accessed the email accounts of Chinese human rights activists. Google also said it discovered that at least 20 other large companies from a wide range of industries were targeted by hackers.

-- Reported by Joseph Woelfel in New York.

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