China: Google Should Obey Rules When Leaving

Last week, referring to Google's plans to uncensor search results, China's Minister of Industry and Information Technology, Li Yizhong, told reporters, "If you don't respect Chinese laws, you are unfriendly and irresponsible, and the consequences will be on you." Then, on Sunday, a report citing people familiar with the situation said Google's plans to leave China were 99.9 percent certain.

Today, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Commerce said Google should follow the rules, even if it does decide to pull out of China. "On entering the Chinese market in 2007, it clearly stated that it would respect Chinese law," Reuters quotes spokesman, Yao Jian, as saying. "We hope that whether Google Inc continues operating in China or makes other choices, it will respect Chinese legal regulations," Yao continued. "Even if it pulls out, it should handle things according to the rules and appropriately handle remaining issues," he said.

Yao went on to say that the rules he was referring to included reporting Commerce Ministry about plans to pull out. Google said yesterday it has not concluded its talks with the Chinese authorities but said it was adamant about not censoring its results.

Read Reuter's full report here.

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  • davendork
    Google should make all Google.cn search results just return a picture of the Dictator Hu Jintao.
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  • bustapr
    Communism SUCKS!
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  • noodlegts
    What exactly are the consequences if Google just drops its search engine into China and leaves it 100% uncensored. What exactly can China do?

    Just curious.
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  • tommysch
    Google should by a bunch of retired Russian ICBMs complete with warheads just in case.
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  • mavanhel
    Quote:
    "On entering the Chinese market in 2007, it clearly stated that it would respect Chinese law," Reuters quotes spokesman, Yao Jian, as saying.


    So should Google have known about the censorship issues before entering China? In this case Google shouldn't have even started to be involved with China if it didn't like the rules.
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  • noodlegts
    What exactly are the consequences if Google just drops its search engine into China and leaves it 100% uncensored. What exactly can China do?

    Just curious.
    19