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Chinese Media: Google is 'Totally Politicized'

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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.

Read the full article from China Radio International.

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    RooD , March 22, 2010 1:54 PM
    Google VS China WW3 >=D.... google wins they have google earth
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    Abrahm , March 22, 2010 2:06 PM
    Yep, I'm sure the Chinese people really do value their government hiding the truth from them.
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    JasonAkkerman , March 22, 2010 1:41 PM
    Yea, because that article wasn't written by the Chinese government... nope not at all...

    Move along citizen.
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  • 20 Hide
    JasonAkkerman , March 22, 2010 1:41 PM
    Yea, because that article wasn't written by the Chinese government... nope not at all...

    Move along citizen.
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    buckinbottoms , March 22, 2010 1:43 PM
    Quote:
    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.

    Another brainwashed Chinese minion.
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    "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.

    Censorship of key events in China's history is law? What a sad state then...
  • 21 Hide
    RooD , March 22, 2010 1:54 PM
    Google VS China WW3 >=D.... google wins they have google earth
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    Anonymous , March 22, 2010 1:57 PM
    Google can do what it wants, just like China makes up law that they want. If the two dont agree, then China can change there law, or say goodbye to google. Its their choice, China is just scared to make it. They are a bunch of pussies.
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    Abrahm , March 22, 2010 2:06 PM
    Yep, I'm sure the Chinese people really do value their government hiding the truth from them.
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    scuba dave , March 22, 2010 2:10 PM
    I'm at a loss for words for china.. To think someone(let alone 1+ billon!) would so willing stand idly by as what SHOULD be their freedoms is being with held.. Tsk Tsk.. It would be different if they didn't know better.. But to KNOW that we have such rights, and they don't? I find it hard to fathom why they tolerate it so.. :,(
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    babybeluga , March 22, 2010 2:18 PM
    K_M82Right. i don't think google would leave a country that have more internet user than the US have CITIZEN (estimated). and a country that have more mobile phone user than the US and Canada CITIZEN combined. if they left this to baidu, bing, or other, they might chip away significant number of google market.


    Why did you 'all caps' something you typed incorrectly? Your comment gives me a headache.
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    babybeluga , March 22, 2010 2:23 PM
    You people are so ridiculous. Don't presume to know what the Chinese people think. Some of them don't like their government. Some of them do. It's their business.

    I know people who say the same things about religion (blind faith and all that). When you're raised on something and that's all you know, you don't often think outside the box. Stop with all the idiotic presumptions about what's best for the Chinese/the entire world because you don't know.
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    Hilarion , March 22, 2010 2:23 PM
    The Chinese government is living in a self-created fantasy. The only way they feel they can continue to live in that fantasy it to make truth illegal and the fantasy legal.

    Why do we even still do business with them?? Oh, right! They have a fantasy "President" who is really a dictator.
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    topas , March 22, 2010 2:23 PM
    It's propaganda. I am from a former communist country and know this style of writing all too well. Thanks god those times are already over for us.
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    pocketdrummer , March 22, 2010 2:26 PM
    They mistake politicization for moral aptitude. China is such a tragedy...
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    ryanjm , March 22, 2010 2:40 PM
    Normally I would say a company should respect the laws of the country they operate in, but when the law is "hide the truth," I don't think it should be respected. A government that wants their citizenry to remain uneducated is morally bankrupt. I'm glad at least one company has decided to "politicize" the issue and take a stand, whether censorship was their real motivation or not.
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    viewwin , March 22, 2010 2:42 PM
    I thought it was because hackers stole Google's source code and personal account information, which they and several other companies traced to China. I don't blame Google for pulling out at all.
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    mman74 , March 22, 2010 2:44 PM
    Wait a minute - before we go down the China is evil route - let's look at what this article is saying.
    Q. Did Google know about Chinese law when they entered the market (whether they like it or not is another matter)? Of course they did.
    Q. Did Google get a lot of flak for complying? Yes they did and many people think rightly so.
    Q. Did Google think - well maybe this isn't worth it - we need to get out? Fine.
    The question is are you in or out. Stop politicizing the whole damn thing. Their procrastination is ensuring this thing stays in the media for political reasons not business. Were they misled? No they weren't. Do you want to do a deal with 'the devil' or not - 'the devil' cares not as long as you don't have your own agenda.
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    igot1forya , March 22, 2010 3:01 PM
    AbrahmYep, I'm sure the Chinese people really do value their government hiding the truth from them.

    Hate to say it... but the US Government isn't exactly wearing white either. The only thing going for the US Government is that it admits that it's got history it's not proud, China on the other hand would rather take the blue pill ;) 
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    yekoor , March 22, 2010 3:02 PM
    I wonder what would happen if a chinese company tried to teach Americans a moral lesson.

    I'm not Chinese, but you Americans are clearly arrogant and egocentric. I guess no one is familiar with the term "culture relativity" ... and i'm not surprised considering some Americans don't even know where China is located. Wake up, Chinese culture is not worse or better it is just different, you must learn to accept it, the same way you had to learn to accept Afro-Americans having the same rights despite of their skin color.

    And stop looking for "evil" outside of your country.
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    jonpaul37 , March 22, 2010 3:08 PM
    ... and poor people still starve in America... Not like China can't use bing to find that out, but it really doesn't matter because they won't do anything about it anyway, they have our $$$, why would they give back out $ to us to feed our poor. Stop caring about what companies like Google & Countries like China are doing and donate some frakkin peanut butter!
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    cryogenic , March 22, 2010 3:10 PM
    It's propaganda and spin off,

    made to make Google look bad, and that's exactly what communists do.

    Google is not interested in politics its interested in human rights. There's a world of difference there. I approve of Google leaving a country that forces you to break human rights. It's the right thing to do.
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    kingnoobe , March 22, 2010 3:15 PM
    Google isn't the one politicizing it. The reporters and goverment are. Google tried to do what china wanted, but their not miracle workers. So their packing up and leaving. It's reporters that are making this about politics. And they can't just say ok we're out in a day. Their trying to do right by their workers over there. Hell even businesses in the USA just don't pack up and move to another location it takes time.

    Politics != culture. Ya, they can go hand in hand, but they are far from the same thing. It's funny how you people are trying to stick up for china. How can you. When there is no way of knowing what the Chinese people actually want. O and if you say you're chinese. Well I'm sure you don't speak for them all, and as the saying goes men are men, women are men, and kids are fbi on the internet.

    I'm not saying our goverment is the best, as it's far from it. It's corrupt, and not about the American people no more. But we are still far better off then the chinese goverment when it comes to freedom of speech and things of that nature.
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