China Lambasts Google For Leaving China

The Chinese government has expressed its disappointment over Google's decision to start providing uncensored search results to its users in China by redirecting them to their servers in Hong Kong.

Calling it an attempt to politicise a commercial issue, China said that the company is 'totally wrong' in its move to lift the censors from its search results and criticised it for breaking a written promise made by the company when it had first entered the Chinese market.

Representatives of the Chinese government said that Google's move to close its China operations was an 'isolated act' by a multinational corporation, which should not affect ties between China and US.

Earlier, US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, had explicitly condemned China's strict internet censorship laws and had vowed to rally for the freedom of information over the internet.

Google, however, seems oblivious to the criticism from the Chinese government and has happily announced the initiation of its censorship-free Hong Kong website.

Announcing the move, the company's chief legal officer, David Drummond, said in a statement that “We very much hope that the Chinese government respects our decision, though we are well aware that it could at any time block access to our services.”

Our Comments

How this will affect the lives of millions of users in China that have grown accustomed to Google and its services remains to be seen. Does that also mean that Google could eventually pull out overnight of other countries that don't adhere to its views?

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