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Google ends China censorship with Hong Kong shift

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so finally it is Google who gave in....?

The director of the China Internet Project at the University of California, Berkeley, applauded Google for its stand but predicted China will make it difficult for the company to continue doing business in China

in other words Google should keep low profile in China where America has little or no influence ?(!)

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Google, or any other internet service provider has no business censoring. Let the government do that. If you want, that is.

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Didn't have the guts to pull out completely after all

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Censoring the internet ,is what China wants.

Google can make more money,if it stays in China's yuans zone.

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Now Chinese internet users will have even less information. In essence by pulling out they just gave the censorship army a win.

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The Chinese dictatorship will simply take over google.cn and give it to a competitor.

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Across the great wall we can reach every corner in the world

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I love how China doesn't even admit there is a firewall

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At least they had the guts to stand up to those s.o.b.'s. Where there's a will, there's a way. Some Chinese will be able to reach the Hong Kong site by circumventing the firewall(as many already do now).

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I'm glad Google pulled out. They make enough money anyways. So they lose the Chinese market. It's better to keep your integrity rather than obeying the insensible censorship and rules of a commie govt.

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Essential this is a fight the Chinese leader is going to lose in the long run.

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i meant the Chinese leaders are going to

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Scrote: The Chinese dictatorship will simply take over google.cn and give it to a competitor.

yeah yeah... just forbid any access to google.cn and the problem is solved.

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ironchef: when there is money to make, there is no integrity. Google just let the Chinese govt filtering the result. They are still there.

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Here is link to an interesting New York Times article about how Chinese internet users circumvent the firewall. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/16/technology/internet/16evade.html?scp=17&sq=chinese%20internet%20censorship&st=cse

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It sounds like a smart move by Google and a good hit at China's censorship too. Am I missing something? They take the high road and stop censoring for the PRC but still stay in China. Rather than stay or leave, they have found something in the middle and become a thorn in the side of the PRC's censorship machine. Why isn't everyone lauding this move?

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Best thing for China to do instead of engaging in flame wars is to say, "We respect Google's decision to withdraw from the China market due to it's recent inability to continue to comply with Chinese law. Conversely, all companies doing business in China must mutually respect the host nation's laws."

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