Kerry presses China to ease Internet controls

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BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he urged Chinese leaders to support press freedom and a free Internet.

Speaking Saturday after talks with Chinese leaders, Kerry said that the Chinese economy would be stronger with great freedom of the Internet.

Kerry met Saturday for 40 minutes with Chinese bloggers who talked about the need for Internet freedom, human rights and China’s territorial dispute with Japan.

One blogger, Zhang Jialong, asked if the United States would help to “tear down” Chinese Internet curbs. He complained U.S. companies were helping Beijing block access to services such as Twitter.

Kerry said he would look into whether U.S. companies were helping the Chinese government control Internet access.

Associated Press

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