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

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • Pei-chen
    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.
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  • AdamB5000
    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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  • "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
    always talk about natural born rights but when it comes to china they stay quiet
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  • jsc
    Sure. Don't want to piss off our mortgage (government debt) holder.
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  • 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
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  • trevorvdw
    The US Govt. has about 800 billion reasons to not interfere with China...
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  • HansVonOhain
    US government is too liberal to care.
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  • nicodemus_mm
    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
    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.
    Reply