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U.S. Gov't Staying Out of Google and China Issue

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It's just business, says U.S. Government.

U.S. Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, said that the U.S. government will be staying out of any negotiations that Google may have with China following the hacking incident.

Huntsman did acknowledge that Americans are likely to feel very strongly in the Google/China incident due to the differences between American and Chinese policies on free speech.

"This is an issue that impinges upon probably one of the most important of all the issues that we stand for as a country and that is freedom of expression, freedom of speech and Internet freedom," he said, according to Voice of America news.

Since this is a business matter, however, the U.S. government will keep away from Google's dealings in China.

"This is an issue that will play out for some time between Google and Google's partners here in China and the Chinese government, and they will make whatever decisions Google feels is appropriate.  That won't be influenced by the United States government," Huntsman said.

While Google's decision to pull out of China due to censorship pressures is one that must be made by the internet firm, the U.S. government is concerned about computer hackers based in China who are attacking U.S. computers.

"It has been ongoing for a long time.  It is deeply disturbing.  It is being discussed in appropriate channels," he said.

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    AdamB5000 , January 16, 2010 1:35 PM
    I'm... kinda shocked that the U.S. Gov't isn't looking to somehow tax this situation, and maybe even create a new law to "protect us."
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    trevorvdw , January 16, 2010 4:08 PM
    The US Govt. has about 800 billion reasons to not interfere with China...
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    jsc , January 16, 2010 3:25 PM
    Sure. Don't want to piss off our mortgage (government debt) holder.
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    Pei-chen , January 16, 2010 1:05 PM
    I wonder what's the dollar amount for all the good will that Google will generate in the US and Europe by turning it’s lost in China to a stand on "moral" value.
  • 16 Hide
    AdamB5000 , January 16, 2010 1:35 PM
    I'm... kinda shocked that the U.S. Gov't isn't looking to somehow tax this situation, and maybe even create a new law to "protect us."
  • 4 Hide
    Anonymous , January 16, 2010 1:59 PM
    "we can't find a way this would involve the testing of our military... so... who cares. I mean we would totally get on this if it involved spending our tax payers money."
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    TheDuke , January 16, 2010 2:34 PM
    always talk about natural born rights but when it comes to china they stay quiet
  • 12 Hide
    jsc , January 16, 2010 3:25 PM
    Sure. Don't want to piss off our mortgage (government debt) holder.
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    Anonymous , January 16, 2010 3:35 PM
    it seems US capitalism really doesnt care about chinese lack of freedom, as they gets the cheapest labor in the world.

    US could lose more if they get into the Google-China issue
  • 13 Hide
    trevorvdw , January 16, 2010 4:08 PM
    The US Govt. has about 800 billion reasons to not interfere with China...
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    HansVonOhain , January 16, 2010 5:21 PM
    US government is too liberal to care.
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    nicodemus_mm , January 16, 2010 6:21 PM
    GM and AIG, among others, were "business matters" and it never even crossed this administration's mind that maybe they should butt out. I guess in that case they stood to gain too much power to just leave it alone.
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    nicodemus_mm , January 16, 2010 6:22 PM
    GM and AIG, among others, were "business matters" and it never even crossed this administration's mind that maybe they should butt out. I guess in that case they stood to gain too much power to just leave it alone.
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    winner4455 , January 16, 2010 6:24 PM
    You know, you don't want to go the bad side of a nuclear superpower...
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    climber , January 16, 2010 7:00 PM
    The US government is staying out of it because China is bank rolling America's debt and will be for decades to come. US decision making will always be compromised by the financial hold that China has on the US's finances. Plus all this foreign investment buying up real estate, corporations, land, etc... it's like selling the US to foreigners on piece at a time.
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    Khimera2000 , January 16, 2010 8:43 PM
    it would be great if we started chargin china for infrigments... the cost of pirated software even if its 10 bucks a copy, then 5 bucks per hack... 30 bucks per copyright and trademark infringement... probably having them pay us in a span of 2 years :D 
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    doc70 , January 16, 2010 9:02 PM
    fellows, it's all about money. In GM and AIG cases, it's about the money the various senators and congressmen could have lost in funding from the same corporations were they to uphold the same principle (non-interference). In China's case, the money is being held by the Chinese, so go figure.
    climberThe US government is staying out of it because China is bank rolling America's debt and will be for decades to come. US decision making will always be compromised by the financial hold that China has on the US's finances. Plus all this foreign investment buying up real estate, corporations, land, etc... it's like selling the US to foreigners on piece at a time.

    Not quite; selling property does not mean selling the country. The geographical placement of the property is a unique feature and one can not take a piece of US land and move it to China if one decides that they want to withdraw their business at some point. If all the Chinese decide to buy California, that doesn't mean that California becomes Chinese territory. It's not as easy as that.
    As far as the decision making... you're right.
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    grillz9909 , January 16, 2010 9:16 PM
    I wish our government was so wishy washy.
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    xxsk8er101xx , January 16, 2010 11:27 PM
    Goes to show you how afraid the US Govt is of China. China has us by the balls.
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    xxsk8er101xx , January 16, 2010 11:33 PM
    trevorvdwThe US Govt. has about 800 billion reasons to not interfere with China...


    Our economy belongs to China, Our debt belongs to China, Our resources belong to China, and everything made belongs to China. China owns the United States. I said OWNS.

    All china has to do is squeeze and the United States crumbles.
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    trevorvdw , January 17, 2010 12:36 AM
    ...and now for something completely different...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04QoA44c23A
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    Anonymous , January 17, 2010 12:39 AM
    When will our government stand up against these repeated cyber attacks against our companies. In America someone can download a couple songs on the internet get fined a million dollars and 20 years in prison, but the Chinese hack 30 fortune 500 companies and steal intellectual property and nothing happens. This stuff is happening everyday and they never say anything. What is wrong with these people. I think Americans everywhere need to contact their government officials and tell them to get something done or get out of office. I am sorry but I didn't vote for someone to allow our county to be attacked and stolen from. Furthermore if the government continues to ignore our plea it is our each individual responsibility to do something and that is Boycott Made in China. It is better to do without than continuing to send them profits to support what they do. Boycott Made In China!
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    rooket , January 17, 2010 1:17 AM
    xxsk8er101xxOur economy belongs to China, Our debt belongs to China, Our resources belong to China, and everything made belongs to China. China owns the United States. I said OWNS. All china has to do is squeeze and the United States crumbles.


    two words for you: BS.
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