BEIJING. China widened its attack against U.S. criticisms of Internet censorship, raising the stakes in a dispute that has put Google in the middle of a political battle.

 

China has defended its curbs on the Internet nearly two weeks after the world’s biggest search engine provider threatened to shut down its Google.cn site after a severe hacking attack from within China.

 

The dispute could narrow room for Beijing and Washington to back down quietly and focus on other disputes such as trade, currency and human rights. reuters