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 as Monday March 22. This news then was reposted all over Chinese media and western media.
It will truly be a sad day for the Chinese netizens when that really happens, according to my observations most Chinese netizens wish Google can stay in China, despite the fact some of the online polls on some major Chinese sites show otherwise. Read the Chinese netizens’ open letter to Chinese Government and Google to see how they really feel about the situation. Here is the translation of the Key parts.
Looking back there are already indications of the failed negotiation between Google and the Chinese government. On March 19, Xinhua News (the official press agency of the government of PRC) published an article titled “China Refuses ‘Political Google’ and ‘Google’s Politics’”, stating the Chinese government’s view on the situation, accused Google turning business into politics and its motive of positioning itself as a threat to China. The article also firmly indicated that the Chinese government will not back down from their censorship policy for Google or anyone. This perhaps is to prepare us for what’s to come. I will translate this article for the western readers to see the arguments that you probably normally wouldn’t.
Xinhua net Beijing March 19 reports: First Google without any evidence accused Chinese government of hacking attacks, then using the arrogant attitude of “ultimatum” to threaten China to lift the content management according to the law or else withdraw from the China search market, followed by U.S. politicians and government agencies jumping onto the stage backing it up, together performed this nonsense.
A company known for having solid technologies and innovations and the world’s largest search engine – Google, finally no longer “comply” with the universal rule of a businessman, exposing a “political face”. This makes people raising questions, Google as an independent “commercial company”, what is the real intention of the supporters behind?
Logically, already operated in China for four years and even gave itself a nice Chinese name “谷歌”, Google should know to do business in any country should respect the host country and to comply with the laws and systems. Only this way it can truly “do as the Romans” and win over customer market and commercial interests.
There are also sovereignty and borders in cyberspace, and it must be subject to the control of national laws and regulations. Any country will not allow the internet to be filled with pornography, violence, gambling, feudal superstitions, publishing articles on subverting the government, ethic separatism, religious extremism, racism, terrorism, hatred, xenophobia information and even inciting “colored revolutions”.
Unfortunately from the “Google case” we can see that the real purpose of Google China does not seem to be developing the business, but to use the Internet to act as a tool of conducting cultural infiltration and value infiltration. According to the U.S. “Wall Street Journal” that Google co-founder Sergey Brin who had spent his childhood in the former Soviet Union, which is why co-operation with the government to review the content has always been a moral dilemma, he repeatedly confided to his colleagues and friends his confliction of operating in China.
Since the Internet is free, then on what basis Google operating under the slogan of “freedom of information” but to force the American values upon China, and by changing China’s social system to establish America’s “hegemonic ideology” and “cultural hegemony”?!
Google’s senior officials have millions of relations with the United States government. According to the U. S. “Global Politicians” website reported that Google is the fourth largest sponsor of the Obama campaign. Currently there are four Google executives serving the U.S. government, including the U.S. Department of Defense Deputy Assistant Secretary, the former Google Wireless Product Managing Director Agarwal, and some security experts from Google working in the Pentagon has long been an open secret.
Google is becoming a politicized brand, which is perhaps what the politicians are glad to see. But this is no doubt a tragedy for the well-know multinational company who has already gained a competitive advantage with its technological innovations. When a commercial company lack of independence and proper business ethics, how do people trust the search content provided to be not biased? Just as one U.S. website that disclosed the family ties between Google and the U.S. government commented “When I think of Google’s management is running on the road to the White House, people should have reasons to worry about the thing Google bring, how many are added with U.S. political motives.”
The people who know Google’s history know that Google’s founders believe that Google has the ability to spread democracy through the freedom of information, and to pursue a credo “DON’T BE EVIL”. However what is the standard of good and evil? It is not to be determined by the company Google, and certainly not by the United States, or else anything good for America is the so-called “good”, and anything against the U.S. is labeled as “bad”. Moreover, we should not see what it says, but rather see what it has done.
Needless to say, Google map clearly show the national military and other sensitive facilities, but only similar facilities in the United States are covered with mosaics. Some Chinese users who prefer to use Google may not know that Google and the U.S. intelligence agencies are in close contact, Google user’s search records will be permanently retained for the control of the U.S. intelligence agencies. According to “Washington Post” reports Google seek help from U.S. National Security Agency to analysis the network attacks coming from China, and it has already reached a cooperation agreement with the U.S. National Security Agency.
China’s opening up to the world in these years was obvious to all. China will also adhere to its own steps and gradually improve the management of the Internet, which are China’s internal affairs. What’s more, as an extension of the real world, it is impossible to achieve absolute freedom on the Internet without any obstacles, even if the same is true for the United States. After 9.11, the U.S. in order to fight terrorism requiring the police to search citizens’ email communications, even in cases monitoring communications without the knowing of the citizens. Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Germany, Sweden and other Western countries have the same bills and regulations.
Whether to leave or to stay, the drama performed by Google and the U.S. politicians will soon be forgotten with the passing of time, the 400 million Internet users in China’s Internet market will only continue to grow vigorously. But as time passes by it is more clearly and thought provoking that what is behind the Google incident is the United States vigorously promoting “Network Warfare”. As the world’s first to introduce the concept of Network War, the United States sees the Network being a threat that must be achieved in four years; the U.S. Department of Defense has secretly developed “network weapons” attempting to extend their reach to every corner of the online world.
There are reports that U.S. Secretary of the State Hillary Clinton, on January 7 invited Google CEO and other information and network operators to a small dinner to discuss how to use technology to promote the U.S. intervention around the world to encourage the popular movement and so on. They said the 21st century tools such as micro-blogging website Twitter, Google and its video site Youtube will be crucial. There were also reports that in Afghanistan and Iraq, “Network Warriors” also have been widely used. It is learned that the United States often claimed to be the victim of the cyber-attacks now has a “network army” of nearly 9 million people, more than 5,000 professional hackers.
Perhaps Google is making the final preparations for the withdrawal, and perhaps Google is still hesitant. But one thing is clear: China will not be threatened by a commercial company while allowing it to disrupt the market rules and regulations. An American Internet company attempts to change the Chinese society and the legal system is arrogant and ridiculous. China does not welcome “Political Google” and “Google’s Politics”.