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Google's Plans to Leave China are 99.9% Certain

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Google's plans to pull out of China are said to be nearly 100 percent certain.

Not too long ago, Google threatened to shut down Google.cn and walk out of China. The threat was a response to a mid-December hack originating from China as well as an anti-censorship protest. On Friday, the Chinese Minister of Industry and Information Technology, Li Yizhong, told reporters in no uncertain terms, "If you don't respect Chinese laws, you are unfriendly and irresponsible, and the consequences will be on you."

Today, the Financial Times reports that the Google's decision to leave China is all but made. Citing a source familiar with the situation. FT reports that censorship talks with the Chinese government have reached an apparent impasse. The source went on to say that while a decision could be made very soon, the company is likely to take some time to follow through with the plan as it seeks an orderly closure and takes steps to protect local employees from retaliation by the authorities.

However, Google may not leave China altogether. Though the company could be closing Google.cn, the search giant is looking at other solutions to the problem so it can maintain a presence in the country. Among these is the possibility of handing over a majority stake or even the entire business to a local player.

Read the full story on Financial Times.

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    micr0be , March 15, 2010 11:09 AM
    +100 respect for google
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    dacman61 , March 15, 2010 11:20 AM
    CTPAHHIKI know this is not relevant, apologize for that. How do I prevent finance.google.com from going to Chinese site?


    Google it! :) 
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    dacman61 , March 15, 2010 11:22 AM
    marsax73I wish America would boycott Chinese made products altogether. It's the only way they will get the point. Freedom + China = FAIL.


    I wish we could but do you realize how much crap us American use that is "Made In China"? I'm sick of seeing virtually everything say that on it.
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    christop , March 15, 2010 11:07 AM
    I would.
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    micr0be , March 15, 2010 11:09 AM
    +100 respect for google
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    CTPAHHIK , March 15, 2010 11:19 AM
    I know this is not relevant, apologize for that. How do I prevent finance.google.com from going to Chinese site?
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    dacman61 , March 15, 2010 11:20 AM
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    Among these is the possibility of handing over a majority stake or even the entire business to a local player.


    I don't recommend that... China with steal as much technology and patented ideas as possible.
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    marsax73 , March 15, 2010 11:20 AM
    I wish America would boycott Chinese made products altogether. It's the only way they will get the point. Freedom + China = FAIL.
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    dacman61 , March 15, 2010 11:20 AM
    CTPAHHIKI know this is not relevant, apologize for that. How do I prevent finance.google.com from going to Chinese site?


    Google it! :) 
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    dacman61 , March 15, 2010 11:22 AM
    marsax73I wish America would boycott Chinese made products altogether. It's the only way they will get the point. Freedom + China = FAIL.


    I wish we could but do you realize how much crap us American use that is "Made In China"? I'm sick of seeing virtually everything say that on it.
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    chickenhoagie , March 15, 2010 11:33 AM
    the problem is though, once we stop buying chinese goods, they stop buying our goods..so we must ask ourselves if we can really accept those consequences..
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    mkyam , March 15, 2010 11:34 AM
    As much as China is seen as evil, and the US promoting human rights across the globe, the country that kills most innocent people was and still is....America. Who are you to judge other countries then.
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    nforce4max , March 15, 2010 11:36 AM
    dacman61I wish we could but do you realize how much crap us American use that is "Made In China"? I'm sick of seeing virtually everything say that on it.


    Never forget the drywall that was made there that rots every thing with metal in it including electronics. In China they can make nails cheaper than it does to make wire in Indonesia.
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    phantomtrooper , March 15, 2010 11:39 AM
    marsax73I wish America would boycott Chinese made products altogether. It's the only way they will get the point. Freedom + China = FAIL.


    Yea that would pretty much be an act of war. Here's how it would happen. We stop buying Chinese goods. They dump our bonds. We can't pay. We our forced to go to war. Doesn't really matter who fires the first shot.
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    Pei-chen , March 15, 2010 11:40 AM
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    ...the company is likely to take some time to follow through with the plan as it seeks an orderly closure and takes steps to protect local employees from retaliation by the authorities.

    With free and unbiased reporting like this, no wonder the above posters are fervently jingoistic. The same yellow press gets this country in two wars and we are looking for a fifth (after Iran and N. Korea later this year)
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    baddad , March 15, 2010 11:44 AM
    mkyamAs much as China is seen as evil, and the US promoting human rights across the globe, the country that kills most innocent people was and still is....America. Who are you to judge other countries then.

    Show me the numbers.
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    kelemvor4 , March 15, 2010 11:44 AM
    I'm sure I'll get thumbed down for having an unpopular opinion, but it's not like google had any choice here. They were violating the law and china was going to shut them down and perhaps prosecute.

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    the problem is though, once we stop buying chinese goods, they stop buying our goods..so we must ask ourselves if we can really accept those consequences..

    The American companies that would begin (or increase volume) of product manufacture would buy the materials that china wasn't buying. It would improve unemployment, and the economy. Simultaneously it would reduce shipping and greenhouse gas emissions. Walmart might not like being forced to pay fair wages to factory workers and Apple wouldn't like not being able to have cheap child labor, but for the country as a whole it would be a good thing in my opinion.
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    rhino13 , March 15, 2010 11:45 AM
    Good for Google morals over money.

    I'm going to have to stop ever using Bing now.
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    smashley , March 15, 2010 11:48 AM
    I think Google should apply the same censorship it does to China to the rest of the world for one day, just so we can see what they are missing... this all seems like a good plot for the next james bond movie.. the next world war will be fought by a private organization who pissed off the wrong country. Don't forget China could destroy the american/world economy just by asking for what's owed to them.
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    bydesign , March 15, 2010 11:52 AM
    chickenhoagiethe problem is though, once we stop buying chinese goods, they stop buying our goods..so we must ask ourselves if we can really accept those consequences..


    Have you seen the trade deficit with China, that not an issue at all. This is a huge loss for Google that is the fastest growing market in the world. Google can't balance its books without growth right now. They have other areas for sure, but this will be a huge negative on them for years to come.
    This wasn’t a noble act either; they have been shut out for the most part. First the Chinese demonstrate the weakness of their cloud and then kick them out when they complained, love it.
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    reichscythe , March 15, 2010 11:58 AM
    Didn't these fools know?

    Only NIXON could go to China!!
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    tommysch , March 15, 2010 12:27 PM
    Google should DDoS the main Chinese infrastructure into submission! Just think about their server farms as a gargantuan botnet.

    Boycotting doesnt work, just tax them to starvation.
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    ch42832n , March 15, 2010 1:01 PM
    Google should pull out of China, even with their R&D dept...leave nothing to the chinese gov't
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