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Chinese citizens laid flowers on the Google logo at the company's headquarters in support of the company's decision to stand up to the Chinese government's censorship  (Source: Vincent Thian/Associated Press)

In response to Google's decision to uncensor its search, the Chinese government is accusing Google of espionage and attempting to kick Google's Android OS out of China's phone market.  (Source: Leakdroid.com)
Google President Brin urges President Obama respond to Chinese action and statements

According to the Chinese government, the U.S. is committing a campaign of cyberwarfare against it (its claims echo those voiced by top U.S. armed forces officials, who conversely claim China is carrying out a cyberwarfare effort against the U.S.).  

People’s Daily, the main newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, on Wednesday unleashed serious accusations against Google. In a front-page piece it claims that Google, the second largest search engine in China, and one of the largest companies in the U.S., is colluding with U.S. espionage efforts.

Writes the paper:

For Chinese people, Google is not god, and even if it puts on a full-on show about politics and values, it is still not god.  In fact, Google is not a virgin when it comes to values. Its cooperation and collusion with the U.S. intelligence and security agencies is well-known...All this makes one wonder. Thinking about the United States’ big efforts in recent years to engage in Internet war, perhaps this could be an exploratory pre-dawn battle.

The editorial follows Google's Monday decision to stand up to the Chinese government.  Fed up with cybercrime in China and the country's policy of censoring internet access to a variety of materials, Google defied Chinese regulators by uncensoring its search results in China.  It redirected Chinese visitors from google.cn to its uncensored Hong Kong search site.  The Hong Kong site uses the same simplified Chinese characters that the mainland uses and thus is readable to those in mainland China.

As of Tuesday the site was still not blocked, but most observers believe that the Chinese government will move to block google.cn or google.com.hk.  Some are astounded at the move by Google.  Former U.S. ambassador to China J. Stapleton Roy, director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, states, "I don’t understand their calculation.  I do not see how Google could have concluded that they could have faced down the Chinese on a domestic censorship issue."

Google could pay deeply for the move.  China is home to over 155 million smart phone users and that number is growing rapidly.  Contrary to its previous statements, the Chinese government is now moving to ban Google's Android handsets from China.  It is reportedly pressuring telecoms like China Unicom to delay or scrap smart phone offerings that use Google's Android OS.  This could prove a boon to Research in Motion and Apple, the latter of which has seen poor sales of its iPhone in China.

The Chinese government is also pushing telecoms to terminate their search deals with Google, which could boost Microsoft.  Google is expected to lose its 31.3 percent search stake in China's internet market of over 350 million users -- more users than the entire population of the U.S.

The accusations of espionage could also result in charges against Google's 600 China employees.  Google is fearful of this and was careful to say that none of its Chinese employees were involved in the decision to uncensor the search.  Chinese courts might not accept that claim, though.

Google co-founder and president Sergey Brin knows a little about what its like to grow up in an oppressive communist regime.  Brin was born in 1973 in Soviet Russia, but later attended college at Stanford University -- where he met fellow Google co-founder Larry Page.

Brin says that the Obama administration should take action against China rather than avoid the issue.  He stated in an interview with the UK newspaper 
Guardian, "I certainly hope they make it a high priority.  Human rights issues deserve equal time to the trade issues that are high priority now … I hope this gets taken seriously.  Since services and information are our most successful exports, if regulations in China effectively prevent us from being competitive, then they are a trade barrier.

And Brin had some stinging criticism of U.S. rival Microsoft, who has vowed to continue censoring its Chinese search, in cooperation with the government of China.  Says Brin, "I'm very disappointed for them in particular. As I understand, they have effectively no market share – so they essentially spoke against freedom of speech and human rights simply in order to contradict Google."

In China many people are celebrating Google's decision to stand up against censorship.  The logo in front of Google's headquarters was covered in flowers left by supporters.    That support, though, may only serve to further anger Chinese regulators.



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RE: China can go $#% itself
By gtr32x on 3/24/2010 3:27:50 PM , Rating: 2
The Chinese government isn't the best one. But your words of hate are a bit over board. Including your statements about America having vastly greater privileges and rights. If you mean the Chinese people don't have the privilege to sit at home and be a couch potato and eventually becoming a fat prick living off public welfare, I'll give you that. But for anything else, the Chinese public have just about as much freedom as any first world country. Do not confuse China and North Korea.

If you going into any taxi in China, you might find yourself quickly joining a conversation with the driver to cuss out at the government together. Beliefs that you say anything bad about president and you will land yourself in jail is bogus. And most human rights statements are about figures such as Dalai Lama and Falun Gong. If you are willing to dig a bit further, you will find that they are no more than buddists or body and mind practioners trying to reach their hands into politics which is out of their jurisdiction and belief.

Of course, China has its crap. Their standards of living isn't exactly a perfect one you want. However, to call the government a piece of crap and trying to urge the Chinese to revolt is pure hatred and jealousy. Reasons, the ultimate purpose and objective of any government is to support its own people. Now why would the people of China rise up against a government that's growing tremendously? The people will benefit in the end if China outgrows US one day. Just look at US, during the Haiti earthquake, they blocked other countries plane just to get their own citizen out first. Now where's the talk about political incorrectness? The American government did good for their people, the government itself has done the right thing. And so did the Chinese government. Albeit still could be improved a lot more. It is no where near your portrayal of 'the most horrible governments ever conceived.'


RE: China can go $#% itself
By Reclaimer77 on 3/24/2010 4:14:45 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Chinese people don't have the privilege to sit at home and be a couch potato and eventually becoming a fat prick living off public welfare, I'll give you that.


Riiiight, no hate at all in that statement man.

quote:
the Chinese public have just about as much freedom as any first world country.


Are you the Iraqi information minister by any chance ??


RE: China can go $#% itself
By gtr32x on 3/24/10, Rating: 0
RE: China can go $#% itself
By The0ne on 3/25/2010 10:05:25 AM , Rating: 1
You realize how utterly ridiculous you are when you make any type of comments about China right? For starters, you absolutely fcking hate China during our many discussions. I use "hate" here literally. And this coming from really not having been to China or having any type of experience with them except what you Googled. Once again, our previous discussions.

And yet you have the balls, rather the ignorance to come here and say this to they guy? Holy fck you are one screwed up mfcker.


RE: China can go $#% itself
By Motoman on 3/24/2010 4:30:18 PM , Rating: 2
I'm going to say just one thing to you: You are a fool. If you truly believe what you have just said, there is no hope for you.


RE: China can go $#% itself
By gtr32x on 3/24/10, Rating: 0
RE: China can go $#% itself
By Samus on 3/24/2010 8:16:31 PM , Rating: 1
I'm not going on record to say anything rash like the United States Government 'cares' about its peoples welfare and health, because its all political fog, but the Chinese Government is known to go out of its way to put people's health at risk. Why? Well, that's a whole topic in itself, but it really comes down to money and power.

If China were...Denmark for example, I don't think people would really be affraid of them becoming powerful and rich. But with China's history, nothing good will come from them becoming the world's superpower.

Granted, I acknowledge their unique situation with having 2 billion people and the hurdles they create, but the current direction of their government is creating instability, not resolving it.


RE: China can go $#% itself
By Beno on 3/24/10, Rating: 0
"This week I got an iPhone. This weekend I got four chargers so I can keep it charged everywhere I go and a land line so I can actually make phone calls." -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg














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