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China Pushes Censorship Amidst Google Threat

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 5 comments

China says it's their way or the highway.

This week, headlines were filled with Google's bold statement that it might pull out of China altogether in response to hacker attacks.

"These attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered--combined with attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the Web--have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China," said Google's Chief Legal Officer David Drummond.

"We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down Google.cn, and potentially our offices in China," were the telling words from Drummond.

While the threat of the world's most important internet company pulling its operations from within a country is serious, the Chinese officials have yet to even flinch.

According to Bloomberg, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said at a regular briefing in Beijing today that Chinese law prohibits hacking and other forms of online attacks.

Jiang Yu said, "The Chinese government administers the Internet according to law and we have explicit stipulations over what content can be spread on the Internet."

While the Chinese spokeswoman did not directly apply that statement to Google, the message appears clear that if Google is unwilling to play by the country's censorship laws, then the internet giant has no place in China.

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    Godiwa , 15 January 2010 03:18
    that country is so fugged up, let em live in the stoneage if that is what they wish
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    ukcal , 15 January 2010 06:31
    It's their loss.
    Just glad I'm not a Chinese citizen to be honest, their Government have serious issues.
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    snipe0876 , 15 January 2010 13:14
    just shows you how hard their grip on the people is and what they will do to keep it i feel sorry for the people their.
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    Anonymous , 15 January 2010 16:36
    That is why we all hate them but if you look at it in another point of view, that is also why they move forward, they do not ahve to deal with x complaning or y complaining, my way or the high way.
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    thelivingflesh , 24 February 2010 04:42
    godiwa, you are so wrong my friend! have you ever been to japan. they are not in the stone age but far more advanced than us. You just need to go there and see the tech yourself. google cannot impose their rule in another host country.,