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China To Google: Follow The Law

Not a big surprise, but the Chinese government has not been won over by Google’s manifesto. The government made its first official statements on Google’s threat to shut down its China operations if it isn’t allowed to uncensor its search results, with a foreign ministry spokesman saying, “China welcomes international internet enterprises to conduct business in China according to law” (via AP) and adding that “the Chinese government administers the internet according to law and we have explicit stipulations over what content can be spread on the internet” (via Bloomberg).

Other statements from government officials show a similar unwillingness to provide an exception or loophole to Google (NSDQ: GOOG), with a State Council Information Office official saying, “Effective guidance of public opinion on the Internet is an important way of protecting the security of online information.” That implies that China won’t be receptive to Google’s demand.

It’s unlikely, however, that there will be any immediate action. A Google spokesman tells us that the company will be “talking to the Chinese government over the next few weeks, and hope(s) to reach a mutually constructive outcome.”

4 Responses to “China To Google: Follow The Law”

  1. kittymartyr

    I agree with Ed Dunn. The Chinese government hacks a company’s Website and then gets up on its high horse and sniffs “we welcome anyone who does business within the law.” I think Google should quit ’em.

  2. I think it was a major PR blunder to bring up the so-called “censorship” angle because this is not the real issue. Once again, poor tech journalism among various news organizations failed to cover the real story here. I believe only one person got it right but they were an actual market analyst, not a journalist.

    The real story was the accusation of hacking Google IP, not censorship. I can’t believe a few weeks ago, someone covered a story about a Microsoft site called Juku(?) that was blatantly ripped off a US firm and can’t connect the dots and see the pattern.

    Again, Google, Inc. made a major PR communication blunder trying to make this a censorship issue when in reality, the real issue was IP rights.