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Obama wants more online freedom

U.S. president says China should loosen Internet restrictions


On his first state visit to China, U.S. President Barack Obama suggested the country should give its citizens more freedom on the Internet. “I think that the more freely information flows, the stronger the society becomes, because then citizens of countries around the world can hold their own governments accountable,” he told students in Shanghai. Obama also dismissed notions the U.S. and China are rivals, saying, “we do not seek to contain China’s rise,” and urged greater cooperation between the two countries. Following his address to students, Obama met with Chinese President Hu Jintao to discuss environmental, trade and economic issues.


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