Could Dell Be Next to Leave China?
There's been a lot of discussion about Google's decision to walk out of China and it seems as though other companies could be considering similar moves.
Today a story about the whole Google-China situation appeared on the front of the Hindustan Times (via Engadget). Though the article focused mostly on Google's business in China, a brief mention of another large company following suit has people talking.
The Hindustan Times cites Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as saying Dell is considering moving business from China to somewhere else.
"This morning I met the chairman of Dell Corporation," the Prime Minister said. "He informed me that they are buying equipment and parts worth $25 billion from China. They would like to shift to safer environment with climate conducive to enterprise with security of legal system."
However, there are some companies that are siding with China. The Associated Press reports that TOM Online, a mobile Internet company that operates tom.com, is severing ties with Google because of everything that has happened. The Internet firm said yesterday it was stopping use of Google's search services after "the expiry of agreement."
"TOM reiterated that as a Chinese company, we adhere to rules and regulations in China where we operate our businesses," the company's parent, Hong Kong-based TOM Group, said in a statement Tuesday.