The relatively heated dispute between China and Google--and by virtue of Google, the U.S. government--took another turn this weekend when Chinese news sources reported that Chinese state officials were saying that Google has not come forward with a formal complaint about the hacking attacks that prompted it to threaten to shutter its operations in the country.

"We have yet to have any direct contacts or negotiations with them on this topic," Miao Wei, the vice minister of the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), told China Daily.

Reuters, however, offered a different account. Writing from Beijing, where the National People's Congress convened last week for its annual legislative session, the news service reported MIIT Minister Li Yizhong saying that the Chinese government was negotiating with Google to resolve the dispute.

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