China is not afraid of the Internet, its Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, even as access to the popular video sharing site YouTube appeared to be blocked.
YouTube has unavailable for users in China, which filters the Internet for content critical of Communist Party rule, since late on Monday.
The site has been carrying a graphic video released by Tibetan exiles, which shows hundreds of uniformed Chinese troops swarming through a Tibetan monastery - a group of troops beat a man with batons.
In another scene a group of men, including a monk, are beaten, kicked and choked, while they lie on the ground. Some have their hands tied others appear to be unconscious.
"Many people have a false impression that the Chinese government fears the Internet. In fact it is just the opposite," Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters.
Qin said China's 300 million Internet users and 100 million blogs showed that "China's Internet is open enough, but also needs to be regulated by law in order to prevent the spread of harmful information and for national security."
He said he did not know about YouTube being blocked.
An Internet crackdown that began in January has closed hundreds of Chinese sites, including a popular blog hosting site and several sites popular with Tibetans.
Information for this report was provided by BBC and Reuters.