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Google’s clash with China is about much more than the fate of a single, powerful firm. The company’s decision to pull out of China, unless the government there changes its policies on censorship, is a harbinger of increasingly stormy relations between the US and China.
The reason that the Google case is so significant is because it suggests that the assumptions on which US policy to China have been based since the Tiananmen massacre of 1989 could be plain wrong. The US has accepted – even welc
Look for Obama to make new policy statements regarding China and threatening trade sanctions while the Chinese thumb their noses!
BEIJING (AFP) – China's e-commerce giant Alibaba on Sunday condemned as "reckless" its partner Yahoo!'s support of Google, which has threatened to pull out of the Asian nation over censorship and cyberattacks.
"Alibaba Group has communicated to Yahoo! that Yahoo's statement that it is 'aligned' with the position Google took last week was reckless given the lack of facts in evidence," the firm's spokesman John Spelich told AFP in an email.
"Yahoo! is committed to protecting human rights and"We stand aligned with Google that these kinds of attacks are deeply disturbing and strongly believe that the violation of user privacy is something that we as Internet pioneers must all oppose," she added.
Yahoo has stated publicly that it is aligned with Google which earned an angry rebuke from it's Chinese partner; the Alibaba Group.
Founded in 1999, Alibaba.com makes it easy for millions of buyers and suppliers around the world to do business online through three marketplaces: a global trade marketplace (www.alibaba.com) for importers and exporters, a Chinese marketplace (www.alibaba.com.cn) for domestic trade in China, and, through an associated company, a Japanese marketplace (www.alibaba.co.jp) facilitating trade to and from Japan. Together, its marketplaces form a community of more than 45 million registered users from more than 240 countries and regions. Alibaba.com also offers business management software solutions targeting small businesses across China under the "Alisoft" brand and incubates e-commerce talent for small businesses in China through Ali-Institute. Founded in Hangzhou, China, Alibaba.com has offices in more than 50 cities across Greater China, Japan, Korea, Europe and the United States.
Also Tuesday, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said the search giant must obey China's laws and traditions, suggesting the government was giving no ground in talks over Internet censorship and Google's threat to pull out of the country.
China has more human rights abuses, Obama may be forced to push China harder.
American businessmen and politicians especially Clinton and Bush have always assumed that if we maintain an open business and political relationship with China that eventually China will relax its hard line human rights and censorship policies.
the Communist party mouthpiece, ran an editorial with the headline: “The world does not welcome the White House’s Google”.
“Whenever the US government demands it, Google can easily become a convenient tool for promoting the US government’s political will and values abroad. And actually the US government is willing to do so,” the piece said.
In an accompanying news story, the paper quoted Wu Xinbo, a political scientist at Fudan University, as saying “the Google incident is not just a commercial incident, it is a political incident”.
China Youth Daily said in its Tuesday edition that some US politicians were trying to promote human rights issues under the guise of a commercial dispute.
“In their hearts, when Google is in trouble that means that western culture is in trouble . . . Using Google to propagate American-style freedom of speech . . . is the real reason that Google chose not to address its problems in the market but through politics,” the paper said.
If hundreds of thousands of Chinese soldiers came to US land they would desert there posts as soon as they landed. Do you think they would really want to fight for their country that doesn't care at all about them?