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Google has had enough of China

It took a few months, but Google has finally had enough of China. Google and the Chinese government have been at odds ever since Google claimed that it systems were hacked by the Chinese. “In mid-December, we detected a highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China that resulted in the theft of intellectual property from Google,” wrote Google Chief Legal Advisor David Drummond back in January. “However, it soon became clear that what at what first appeared to be solely a security incident--albeit a significant one--was something quite different.”

Since that time, a war of words has been escalating and U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has even gotten involved. Now, Google has finally put its foot down with regards to China – it's tired of the network attacks and it's tired of censoring search results to appease the Chinese government.

“So earlier today we stopped censoring our search services—Google Search, Google News, and Google Images—on,” wrote David Drummond, Google's Chief Legal Officer, on the company's official blog today. “Users visiting are now being redirected to, where we are offering uncensored search in simplified Chinese, specifically designed for users in mainland China and delivered via our servers in Hong Kong.”

Drummond goes on to say that the Chinese government has been unwilling to compromise or hear Google's side of the argument when it comes to censorship, let alone the network intrusions that originated in China. Also noteworthy is that Drummond specifically mentions that U.S. executives alone were responsible for the decision to shut down “None of our employees in China can, or should, be held responsible for them,” Drummond emphasized, likely in a nod to ensure that nothing fishy happens to the Chinese employees.

Despite the fact that will cease to exist, Google maintains that it will continue to pursue its research and development efforts in China.

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China Own H.K?
By Seedillume on 3/22/2010 7:04:59 PM , Rating: 2
Doesn't China now own and/or control Hong Kong? If so, then what is the purpose of leaving the mainland in favor of Hong Kong?

RE: China Own H.K?
By messyunkempt on 3/22/2010 8:09:52 PM , Rating: 4
Hong Kong has a different economic and political system than mainland China, the wiki entry is quite an interesting read.

RE: China Own H.K?
By messyunkempt on 3/22/2010 8:12:44 PM , Rating: 3
This one I'd say is the most relevant...

Hong Kong residents shall have, among other things, freedom of speech, freedom of the press and of publication; freedom of association, freedom of assembly, freedom of procession, of demonstration, of communication, of movement, of conscience, of religious belief, and of marriage; and the right and freedom to form and join trade unions, and to strike.

RE: China Own H.K?
By afkrotch on 3/23/2010 12:16:23 AM , Rating: 2
China does own Hong Kong, but won't fully control it til 2050 or something like that. When the UK returned Hong Kong to China all the economists, businesses, etc freaked out, so China did one of those 1 country, 2 government things. Hong Kong and one other territory of China's is like this. I don't remember the other.

RE: China Own H.K?
By xsilver on 3/23/2010 1:02:48 AM , Rating: 2
You're talking about the SAR (special administrative region)

the two regions are hong kong and macau.

The current negotiation is for their to be 1 country 2 systems until 2050 but I suspect that come 2045 their will be riots in the streets if this doesnt get extended for at least another 50 years.

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