China says within rights to block some websites
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's foreign ministry said on Tuesday the country was within its rights to block websites with content illegal under Chinese law, including websites that referred to China and Taiwan as two separate countries.
China regularly blocks sites it finds unsavory, particularly those related to Tibet or critical of the Communist Party.
It considers self-ruled Taiwan as a breakaway province that must be reunited with the mainland, by force if necessary.
Access to the Chinese-language versions of the BBC, Voice of America and Hong Kong media Ming Pao News and Asiaweek has been blocked since early December, according to a report by Asiaweek this week. They remained blocked on Tuesday.
"We can't deny that some websites continue to have problems that violate Chinese law," foreign ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said.