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China: Google Should Obey Rules When Leaving

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 46 comments

With the news that Google is nearly 100 percent sure about its decision to leave the Chinese search market, China has said the search company will still have to abide by Chinese law, even if it does leave.

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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  • 22 Hide
    davendork , March 16, 2010 1:51 PM
    Google should make all Google.cn search results just return a picture of the Dictator Hu Jintao.
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    bustapr , March 16, 2010 2:07 PM
    Communism SUCKS!
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    noodlegts , March 16, 2010 1:44 PM
    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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  • 15 Hide
    tommysch , March 16, 2010 1:33 PM
    Google should by a bunch of retired Russian ICBMs complete with warheads just in case.
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    mavanhel , March 16, 2010 1:36 PM
    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.
  • 19 Hide
    noodlegts , March 16, 2010 1:44 PM
    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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    _Cubase_ , March 16, 2010 1:47 PM
    I am sure Google will respect China's rules when the Chinese learn to respect western road rules... i.e: never.
  • 13 Hide
    back_by_demand , March 16, 2010 1:47 PM
    If Google pulls out of China and do not comply with their laws, what exactly could China do to Google apart from huff and puff?
    A fine? Good luck with that if they aren't there anymore.
    Shut the business down? They already left.
    All that's left is sending the triads to whack them...
    ...oh, hang on, that's actually feasible, Google should comply...
  • 11 Hide
    drip50291 , March 16, 2010 1:48 PM
    What rules do they have to follow if they're just leaving? It seems like google is mad and they're just gonna leave and say F*** China. What laws are involved in this?
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    JasonAkkerman , March 16, 2010 1:49 PM
    noodlegtsWhat 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.


    Block all access to google.com. That would kill all of their ad revenues, and China is a big market. Google is messing with the bull and is about to get the horns.
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    davendork , March 16, 2010 1:49 PM
    noodlegtsWhat 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.

    It may take all of China's lawyers to define and put a price on free thought in order to sue Google.
    Can't we get all our plastic junk made in another developing country?
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    viewwin , March 16, 2010 1:51 PM
    mavanhelSo 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.

    Because hackers from China stole their source code. It's not like they are going after hackers in China hardcore.
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    davendork , March 16, 2010 1:51 PM
    Google should make all Google.cn search results just return a picture of the Dictator Hu Jintao.
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    hillarymakesmecry , March 16, 2010 1:54 PM
    I'd be irritated if a Chinese company came to the USA and disregarded our rules. I mean, I'm certainly not a fan of censorship but what Google is doing isn't right.
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    davendork , March 16, 2010 1:55 PM
    hillarymakesmecryI'd be irritated if a Chinese company came to the USA and disregarded our rules. I mean, I'm certainly not a fan of censorship but what Google is doing isn't right.
    Chinese companies don't have to come here to disregard our rules. Lead in the paint of your toys. Pet food that kills your pets.
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    indran1412 , March 16, 2010 2:00 PM
    so, China is trying to create a world of their own
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    bustapr , March 16, 2010 2:07 PM
    Communism SUCKS!
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    ominous prime , March 16, 2010 2:21 PM
    Censorship is wrong, and with Google's "Do no harm" (Though they may arguably be doing harm in other areas) I believe that if they were to comply and censor their search results that it would be to the detriment to the Chinese society. I'm glad they're fighting this, but I don't see any sort of common ground for China and Google.
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    rdhood , March 16, 2010 2:36 PM
    The Chinese expect everyone ELSE to play by the rules.

    Their state-sponsored hacking into the Fortune 500 is beyond reproach. They claim "we know nothing", but they have the lid clamped down so tight in that country that a byte doesn't leave without them knowing. You see, they know what dissidents inside their own country say and do all the time... but not their hackers?

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    Anonymous , March 16, 2010 2:37 PM
    It is so funny to sit here and see people say I would be mad if they were in our country and did not obey the rules but the fact is that Google was obeying the rules. It was China who criminally hacked Google and stole their property! What a bunch of hypocrites to say Google must obey the rules and respect the rules when they don't do any of those things. Look at the facts people! This is like someone breaking in your house stealing your things and then when you alert the authorities they tell you to keep obeying the law and apologize to the thief. China needs to go down for this! Boycott Made in China.
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    Anonymous , March 16, 2010 2:45 PM
    I don't know why people are taking China's side on this. China criminally hacked Google and stole their property and then tells Google to obey the law! What a bunch of hypocrites! Why do people just pretend this is just Google suddenly deciding to go against the law of China for no reason? Google was obeying the law no problem until they were attacked!
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    Anonymous , March 16, 2010 2:55 PM
    chinese hacker hack into google? I through google is unhackable.
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    LORD_ORION , March 16, 2010 3:17 PM
    Nuke before it is too late.
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