China’s Reaction to the NSA Leaks

Revelations about the existence of far-reaching surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency (NSA) have made waves all the way across the Pacific. On June 6 and June 7, media outlets revealed that the NSA has been collecting data on foreign communications with the help of companies like Verizon Wireless, Google, and Facebook.[1] The incident raised important questions not just about civil liberties in the US, but also about America’s image abroad. In China , reactions by netizens on Weibo provide an interesting window into the country’s perceptions of the US. The incident’s timing makes the implications for...

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