Google to leave China on April 10

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Posted: 4 years 23 weeks ago

SHANGHAI: US Internet giant Google will close its business in China next month and may announce its plans in the coming days, Chinese media reported on Friday, after rows over censorship and hacking.

The China Business News quoted an official with an unidentified Chinese advertising agency as saying Google would go through with its threatened withdrawal on April 10, but that Google had yet to confirm the pull-out.

The agency is a business partner of Google, the report said.

The report did not specify whether Google would close all or part of its operations in the country.

The newspaper quoted an unidentified Google staff member as saying the company may announce on Monday the details of its exit from China and compensation for its local staff.

Google China spokeswoman Marsha Wang declined to comment on the report, telling AFP only that there had been "no update" on the company's situation.

The report was the latest in a series of clues to emerge recently indicating Google planned to leave China, which has the world's largest population of online users, at 384 million.

Google has cried foul over what it said were cyberattacks aimed at its source code and the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists.

The Financial Times reported last week that Google was "99.9 per cent" certain to abandon google.cn, citing an unnamed source.

Chinese media said Wednesday that Google sent a notice to clients saying google.cn could close at the end of March.

The issue has sparked a simmering war of words between China and the administration of US President Barack Obama, which has called on Beijing to allow an unfettered Internet.

The dispute has exacerbated mounting tensions between the two over a range of trade and diplomatic issues.

Beijing tightly controls online content in a vast system dubbed the "Great Firewall of China", removing information it deems harmful such as pornography and violent content, but also politically sensitive material.

Google has continued to filter google.cn results to abide by Chinese censorship demands, but says it will eventually stop the screening.

Google confirmed earlier this week that it had received a letter purportedly from a group of 27 Chinese advertising agencies calling for the US company to open talks on compensation for possible business losses if it leaves China.

However, representatives of several of the firms subsequently told AFP they knew nothing of the letter and Chinese media reports have raised doubts about its authenticity.

Google's Wang told AFP the company is still "reviewing" the letter.

 

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1. China does not understand what they are giving up as Google goes away.

2. Google was attacked and we can't blame them for pulling out of China. When Chinas leaders hold their heads up high and send mixed messages of wanting to solve the problems while injecting criticism of how to do business in China is a dead end road for both parties.

3. Google has tons of wealth and is a company all about information data that China should have better relations with and prosper in their combined knowledge. Even from our own Government some things are left blank on Google as matters of "top secret" or "private eyes only". If Google has a picture of a submarine in China and they tell Google to remove it they should out of respect of information rights with matters of Government. In this case however the cost of doing business in China might prove to be more than it is worth to Google. This however might get Google blacklisted again with the firewalls of China, but the burden of maintaining the filtering worldly content once again falls back on China's people. I don't think the people of China want to follow the back of trains for samples of spilt grain just to filter out worldly data on computers they probably can't afford to buy anyway. Chinas leaders are looking out for their people and that is good, but what matters more here? Food or Internet..

4. Perhaps the desire to control information from the people of China in the long run is not going to help their people. As history has proven many times before that control is an illusion best left to the Gods. The desire of humans to be free is stronger than any wall they wish to confine their realities inside of as the spirt has no limits.

Good luck China, America will miss you, maybe not Google though.

I sleep fine at night knowing we are banning people who deserve it.  Tivon
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