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China tells Google to obey rules even if it plans to pull out

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 17 Mar 2010 0:03 User comments (15)

China tells Google to obey rules even if it plans to pull out The Chinese government expects Google.cn to respect the country's rules with regard to censorship even if it plans to quit the country altogether. Shares of Baidu were up 4.8 percent on Monday, while shares of Google fell 3 percent as speculation mounts on Google's likelihood to leave the country.
The search giant announced in January that it would quit China if it had to maintain self-censorship of its search results. The ruling communist party forces search engines to filter out results for certain terms, or certain results that it deems inappropriate for Chinese citizens to see.

Google's threat to leave the country came after it, along with at least 20 other companies, was the target of a cyberattack aimed at stealing Google's Intellectual Property and at the e-mail accounts of Chinese activists.

"On entering the Chinese market in 2007, it clearly stated that it would respect Chinese law," Yao Jian, a spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce, said. "We hope that whether Google Inc continues operating in China or makes other choices, it will respect Chinese legal regulations."

"Even if it pulls out, it should handle things according to the rules and appropriately handle remaining issues," he added. Google entered talks with the Chinese government over the situation, but reports suggest that the company is almost certain to close its Google.cn site and quit the country, which has 384 million Internet users.

A Google spokesperson said that the company was adamant about not accepting self-censorship, but experts doubt the ruling Communist Party is going to compromise on the issue. The question for the Chinese government is what message a Google exit would send to other foreign investors, but Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang played down the significance of that outcome.

"I think this would just be the individual act of one company, and will not affect China's investment environment," Qin told a regular news briefing. "It will not change the fact that most foreign companies, U.S. ones included, have a good business in China and generate large profits."

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15 user comments

117.3.2010 3:04

"Even if it pulls out, it should handle things according to the rules and appropriately handle remaining issues," Anyone know what rules there talking about. And what can china do them if they don't obey the rules and just flip a switch and turn off service to China. Unless it's some kind conspiracy to start a Flame war between China and the States....

217.3.2010 7:55

China think they can tell anyone what they can do or cannot do, to me China can go to hell, oh wait, they already are!

317.3.2010 19:11

Gtfo China. It's one thing to ask them to abide by your regulations in your country, but if they're gone then you've got no authority... well, unless they own a majority of your stock; which I imagine they do not.

417.3.2010 22:02

I wonder how 384 million people will go searching the net if google pulls out. I can see China just begging for google back very soon...

517.3.2010 22:59

Originally posted by Sleeek:
I wonder how 384 million people will go searching the net if google pulls out. I can see China just begging for google back very soon...
Maybe I can get them all as referrals for Swag Bucks.

617.3.2010 23:04

Sleeek, Baidu is the next biggest search engine in china so if google leaves then Baidu will be #1.

718.3.2010 2:22
灵境小子
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Originally posted by Hyasuma:
China think they can tell anyone what they can do or cannot do, to me China can go to hell, oh wait, they already are!
你怎么知道的?不要口出狂言!

818.3.2010 2:26
灵境小子
Unverified new user

Originally posted by Sleeek:
I wonder how 384 million people will go searching the net if google pulls out. I can see China just begging for google back very soon...
真不知你是装孤陋寡闻啊还是井底之蛙,我们有百度Baidu,你知道不?google在中国混的很不咋地,你小子了解吗?嗯?!goole走了,正好给Bing机会了,笨蛋!

918.3.2010 14:57

Originally posted by 灵境小子:
Originally posted by Hyasuma:
China think they can tell anyone what they can do or cannot do, to me China can go to hell, oh wait, they already are!
你怎么知道的?不要口出狂言!
He says, how do you know? Don't speak of things you don't know!

Obviously, the dude lives in China, so...

1018.3.2010 15:02

Originally posted by 灵境小子:
Originally posted by Sleeek:
I wonder how 384 million people will go searching the net if google pulls out. I can see China just begging for google back very soon...
真不知你是装孤陋寡闻啊还是井底之蛙,我们有百度Baidu,你知道不?google在中国混的很不咋地,你小子了解吗?嗯?!goole走了,正好给Bing机会了,笨蛋!
He says, are you that isolated? Like a frog in a well? We have Baidu, do you know that? What do you know of how Google is performing in China? Hm? With Google out of the picture, it's an opportunity for Bing, idiot!


1118.3.2010 16:00
Bluto1841
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Bluto
Start bigtime war w/China. When in China I had to use a clandestine PC in a back alley. Not for ME!!! I felt BIG BRO was watching~~~

1218.3.2010 16:59

Originally posted by Bluto1841:
Bluto
Start bigtime war w/China. When in China I had to use a clandestine PC in a back alley. Not for ME!!! I felt BIG BRO was watching~~~
Can somebody translate that for me? Thanks!

1320.3.2010 8:36

Originally posted by Hyasuma:
China think they can tell anyone what they can do or cannot do, to me China can go to hell, oh wait, they already are!
But the US tries to do exactly the same thing all the time, either with guns (usually) or with lawyers or with embargoes and blockades. The US has never learned that you get more with sugar than you do with salt.

China and the US have much more in common than anyone thinks, including censorship. Bush outlawed showing the bodies coming back from Iraq, as a for instance. The US has more people in prison per capita than anyone else in the world. Bush outlawed dissent with his famous 'you're either with us or against us line'. I don't agree with Chinese censorship but look in your own backyard before going nuts about what the Chinese are doing. You're no freer in the US, it is just as corrupt and in the great "FREE" United States you stand a much better change of going to prison than you do in China

1420.3.2010 14:25
Worldhatesredsino
Unverified new user

edited by ddp

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 20 Mar 2010 @ 14:39

1522.3.2010 22:30

Screw china communist rules!

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