What does Google’s return to the Mainland mean for China’s Internet?

| January 5th, 2016

Google is the defacto search engine in almost all countries in the world, however it’s presence is nearly non-existent in China presently. After a brief foray into the Chinese market from 2005 -2010, Google decided to shutter it’s China operations, citing conflict with Chinese government censors. Google, along with all it’s other services (including Gmail,  Google Play Store, Youtube, Google Maps, etc), is blocked in China and can only be reached with the use of a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

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China regulates Online Map Services to address national security breach, will Google Earth comply?

| June 14th, 2010

News flashback:

On May 17, 2010 CCTV news reported that Chinese government shuts down a famous Internet forum – “Moonlight Forum”, because this website carried sensitive military information in China such as locations of airfield, navy bases and barracks of Hong Kong PLA battalion that posed as a threat to China’s state national security.

In the news translated by ESWN:

The Moonlight Forum is a community website frequented by military aficionados.  They have sections such as "China’s nuclear test sites," "Chinese […]Read more…

A QQ chat log about supervising Google-related contents

| March 26th, 2010

 

(Key: The following is submitted to me by ChinaHush reader, blogger Carlis:)

I found this piece of QQ chat log showing us how network supervision is delivered to each web portal. (QQ, or Tencent QQ, is the most popular free instant messaging computer program in China)

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Xinhua News: China Refuses “Political Google” and “Google’s Politics”

| March 21st, 2010

So it looks like Google is finally going to leave China, the date may be set to April 10. Yesterday, “First Finical Daily” had the report about the latest development on Google China. “We already got the news, saying Google will leave China on April 10, this news currently has not been confirmed by Google yet.” according to a person briefed on the matter. Google China staff members also told the newspaper reporter that the announcement could come as early […]Read more…

The horse that turns back is smart: Google’s staying in China

| March 2nd, 2010

From ifeng:

At 15:00 March 2nd, the first press conference of the 2010 NPC & CPPCC Annual Sessions (aka. two sessions) was held on the third floor of Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The conference was opened by spokesman Zhao Qizheng, who answered a few questions from reporters and journalists. Here is an excerpt of the press conference.

NPC= National People’s Congress;

CPPCC=Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference

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Goojje.com, sister of Google?

| January 28th, 2010

A Shanzhai version of Google.com has just been created and launched in China, introducing www.goojje.com. It is not a joke, this website is to compete with the world’s number one search engine, it is also said to be a gesture to press Google to stay in China. The appearance of the website is almost identical to Google.com. “Google” is turned into Goojje, and in Chinese, 谷歌 became 谷姐. (姐:jie means “Sister” in Chinese.) The slogan under the logo reads […]Read more…

A Chinese Netizen’s open letter to U. S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

| January 26th, 2010

Jan, 21, 2010: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gives a speech on Internet freedom at the Newseum in Washington, DC.

(If you cannot see YouTube videos in China, try use VPN software : Freedur,  and use coupon code CHINAHUSH to get 10% off. )

How did Chinese government respond to this speech?

From Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China:

Q: In her speech on internet freedom on January 21, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commented on China’s […]Read more…

Chinese netizens say goodbye to Google with Google doodles

| January 17th, 2010

One Mopper posted a thread on MOP calling all netizens to say farewell to Google by posting a collection of Google doodles. He wishes everyone by posting these pictures and by leaving messages on this post to say “take care” and “safe journey” to this friend just before parting.

How appropriate to start with this doodle: “How happy we are. To have friends come from afar!”- Confucius

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Han Han: I am just exploring

| January 16th, 2010

From Han Han’s blog

Recently I read some Shanghai related news, it is very interesting to connect them together. First, Shanghai’s concrete mixer vehicles drive the city construction in the rate of crushing one person dead each day on average. If this continues, China’s pavilions will be dyed in red with insignificant people’s blood.

Secondly, Politics and Law Committee secretary in Shanghai announced that he is determined to not allow the gangsters to be established in Shanghai. To this I feel […]Read more…

More Chinese opinions on Google leaving China (Keso vs. People’s Daily)

| January 14th, 2010

I picked these two articles because they showed two completely different views on the Google China situation in China. First one is a blog post written by KESO (洪波) a well-known IT blogger in China.  (I have translated one of is blog posts back when Kai-fu Lee resigned from Google China.) The latter one is an article from one of the Chinese media site: People’s daily, written by a netizen named Jiang Bojing (姜伯静).  Compare them for yourself…

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Gmail security breach, want some proof?

| January 13th, 2010

Just 2 days ago CC sent me a link to a Chinese blog post about how he noticed his personal emails from Gmail account was accessed and screened by GFW. I was skeptical and thought it could just be a hoax or hype or just a theory. And today, the news broke out. Google officially announced that they will no longer provide censored searches for Google.cn because they faced cyber attacks originated from China which targeted Gmail accounts of […]Read more…

Google China Kai-fu Era

| September 6th, 2009

On September 4th 2009 Google China sent an internal email to all of its employees, announcing the founding president of Google China Kai-fu Lee (李开复)  has resigned. He will officially leave Google in mid-September to start his independent venture. Many Chinese writers and bloggers have responded to this news, reviewing the solid job Kaifu Lee has done with Google China in the past years and speculating the reason of Lee’s resignation. I am going to translate a blog post by […]Read more…

China Orders Google to Suspend Foreign Internet Searches

| June 19th, 2009

From Financial Network, Beijing, Intern reporter: 王奇华 China internet department on June 18 announced to impose penalty to “Google China” website (google.cn) to suspend foreign internet searches, also the feature that automatically suggests different search keywords once start typing in search textbox. Google is being punished for linking to pornographic content. Chinese government ordered its rectification to immediately cleaning up pornographic and vulgar content.

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