China shows no signs of backing down in Google fight

Google threatened to pull out of China after a sophisticated cyber attack on its corporate infrastructure that also affected about 20 other companies. The attacks appeared to be aimed at accessing the Gmail accounts of human rights activists in China, according to Google.

The attacks also may have been aimed at gathering information on company technologies.

Google has said it will stop censoring the responses its search engines offer in China, which will set it up for a clash with China’s government. It has also said it might end its Google.cn site, which is based in China.

Members of Congress including Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have praised Google for threatening to remove itself from the country. Administration officials including Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton5 things to know about Boris Johnson Trump says Omar will help him win Minnesota The Hill's Morning Report — Trump applauds two-year budget deal with 0 billion spending hike MORE have demanded an explanation from China.

Jiang offered no signs of a compromise in her comments at the news conference.

“China welcomes international Internet companies to conduct business within the country according to law,” she said. “China’s law prohibits cyber crimes including hacker attacks.”