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Google and China……again….

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Bloomberg News

[ Li Yizhong, China’s minister of Industry and Information Technology, speaks at a news conference at the media center for the National People’s Congress ]

Google and China are having problems with the western countries insistence that they NOT continue to accede to the China Government policy of censorship and filtering of its content in its country…..

I don’t how long or how far this is going to go….But Google with 30% of the market there has practically no chance of changing the Chinese policy with is a heart of the Chinese policy  of tight controls on what it populus hears, sees and does……

While China is a Economic powerhouse..it is still at heart a comunist country……

One must never lose sight of that fact……

From a Wall Street Journal piece.….

At a news conference Friday, Li Yizhong, Minister of Industry and Information Technology— the main regulator of China’s Internet industry—was asked by a reporter how China would react if Google does stop censoring Google.cn.

“I hope Google can respect Chinese rules and regulations,” responded Mr. Li. “If you insist on taking this action that violates Chinese laws, I repeat: You are unfriendly and irresponsible, and you yourself will have to bear the consequences.”

U.S. officials said Friday they were closely watching Google’s negotiations with China over the censorship issue, as the outcome could have a “significant” impact on U.S.-China relations.

Those relations have deteriorated in recent months due to other trade and foreign policy disputes. Beijing has protested President Barack Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama and the announcement of new U.S. arms sales to Taiwan. The U.S., meanwhile, has publicly rebuked Beijing for opposing so far new efforts at the United Nations to sanction Iran for its accelerating nuclear program.

On Friday, China fired back at the U.S. for meddling in other countries’ affairs—its standard response to the U.S. State Department’s annual review of Beijing’s human rights record, which was released Thursday.

The U.S. officials said the Obama administration wouldn’t get involved in the Google dispute at this stage at it remains at its heart a commercial issue. But they suggested Washington could be forced to take a much harder line with Beijing on the issue of Internet freedoms and human rights if Google is forced to end its China operations.

The Chinese gambit for all Western businesses working in its markets…

Google’s threat to stop censoring challenges the core premise of engagement with China for the last several decades: that the country is so big and its market so important that it must be accepted on its own terms.

Google is also a giant in its own right…..

Google’s challenge to Beijing stunned the business world. It is unusual for a company to publicly take issue with China’s policies—particularly something as sensitive as censorship—and even rarer for one to talk about the possibility of scaling back its business or leaving a market that is so important.

China will rely on its size and market strength in the end…..

“If Google does indeed get shut down, it is not the end of the story—it is the beginning,” said Xiao Qiang, the director of the China Internet Project at University of California at Berkeley. OIt is the beginning of the ‘Chinternet,’ which is under Chinese government regulation. It will control so much that even Google cannot exist. ther companies will have to face the same choice of whether to continue to operate under China’s heavy regulation or leave the country.

March 12, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Computers, Government, Law, Media, Other Things, Politics, Travel, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment