China's Internet Controls Target U.S. Criticism

In the view of both political analysts and technology experts in China and in the United States, China's attempts to tighten its grip on Internet use are driven in part by the conviction that the West -- and particularly the United States -- is wielding communications innovations from malware to Twitter to weaken it militarily and to stir dissent internally. State media have vented those concerns more vociferously since Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton criticized China for censorship and called for an investigation of Google's claim that its databases had been the target of a sophisticated attack from China.