Chinese state media is not impressed with Google's threats to leave China; on Saturday, an editorial from China Radio International declared that Google had abandoned its business principals in favor of becoming a political tool.
"It is a great pity that the Google case told us the company's aim of entering the Chinese market seems not for commercial reasons but to act as a tool to penetrate into the Chinese culture as well as into Chinese people's values," the editorial reads. "Google's actions show that the world's biggest search engine company has abandoned its business principles and instead shows the world a face that is totally politicized."
The article then points out the ties between Google and the U.S. government.
"Google's relations with the US government cannot be deeper … Four of the company's former executives including Sumit Agarwal, who was the product manager for Google Mobile team and is currently deputy assistant secretary of defense, are now serving the US government."
The author of the article, named only as Xu, goes on to say that while American politicians may be happy to see Google 'being politicized,' the situation is a tragedy for the multinational company. "How can people believe that the company's search results are without any bias when it lacks independence as well as business ethics?" Xu asks.
While the author concedes that leaving the Chinese market is Google's decision, he says the company is being arrogant in its attempts to have China uncensor search results.
"It is ridiculous and arrogant for an American company to attempt to change China's laws. The country doesn't need a politicized Google or Google's politics," the article concludes.
The editorial comes just as Google is expected to announce its plans to leave China. Last week, a report from China said Google would exit the Chinese market on April 10 but announce its decision today, March 22.