March 17th, 2010
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Chinese state media launched a fresh volley of articles attacking the "politicization" of Google after media reports suggest the Internet giant may soon officially pull out of China.

Should Google leave China?

A Saturday editorial in China Daily, state media's English-language newspaper, headlined "China Doesn't Need a Politicized Google," began: "Google's actions show that the world's biggest search engine company has abandoned its business principles and instead shows the world a face that is totally politicized."

Google threatened on January 13 to quit obeying China's censorship laws and possibly leave operations in China altogether after a December hacker attack that emanated from China. China has the world's largest Internet users, with nearly 400 million people online - more than the population of the United States.

The fracas has reverberated from Washington to Beijing, and was prominently mentioned in a policy statement by U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton on Internet freedom.

We want to know what you think.

Should Google leave China? Why should it leave? Why should it stay?

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  1. Theresa

    Not sure.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  2. PJ

    Pull out!
    China wants to control its people by restricting what they can read. If that's the way they want it, let them do it on their own. Google is not the biggest search provider in China, I'm sure they can manage without Google and Google can get on with developing and buying start-ups.

    March 17, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  3. Peter

    I am an American citizen not of Chinese origin. The arrogance of Google is nothing short of incredible. The Chinese Government is completely within is right to set the standards for their security as they see fit. China is the largest market by far for mobile communications, internet business, broadband communication etc. If Google believes that China needs them the management must be smoking something.

    March 17, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  4. me and mr b, oak harbor WA

    Microsoft and Google smug in their creation and success as United States internet leaders took that to China where they worked with the Chinese government to repress the Chinese people.

    I can't possibly list all the really bad things I would like to have happen to Microsoft and Google.

    March 17, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  5. Jaime

    Yes go! If Google's motto is don't do evil (or something like that), then it cannot support an oppressive regime. I hope that Google will stand its ground, and have the moral standing to say thanks but no thanks.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:09 pm |
  6. Josh

    "China wants to control its people by restricting what they can read. If that's the way they want it, let them do it on their own. " A strange mentality is that by doing business in China Google is OFFERING something to the country? Should we call this colonist daydream in the 21st century? Don't get me wrong, China doesn't need Google. Google has basically begged Chinese government in order to have a slice of cake (they have been censoring as instructed by Chinese government for the past 2 years). The threat of quit is simply because they have not got enough RETURN,as Baidu still beat them in market share. From their partners' perspective, this is nothing but an arrogant, irresponsible, and low-class behavior.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:22 pm |
  7. Bigfoot

    If Google believes that freedom of information and expression means anything, they should close the doors on this shameful endeavor. The worst decision in Google's corporate history was to agree to allow Chinese government censors to use Google to help keep their own populace in the dark in the first place.

    The Chinese government's iron grip on their own people's quest for knowledge and freedom of expression is not Google's problem, but why feed it in the name of greed? Shame on Google for agreeing to help the Chinese government continue to abuse its own people in the name of profit. This has forever changed the world's impression of Google's corporate philosophy.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
  8. Jason

    I think Google should to pull out to let them know. Time for them to change sinced they can't keep those people hunger for information any longer. Beside it's hard to trust chinese governement. Look at all those fake merchandise now you can see what i am talking about. It's time to show them there is more than just financial benefit.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
  9. ULAME ERESE

    THERE IS HOWEVER SOMETHING CALLED FREEDOM OF CHOICE. BOTH SIDES ARE EXHIBITING IT. CHINA 'S MIGHT IN THE GLOBAL COMMUNICATION INDUSTRY IS ONE TO BE RECKONED WITH. WELL LETS SEE WHERE THE SMOKE BLOW AND KNOW WHO WILL BE THE LAST MAN STANDING.. ITS ALL A SHOW OF ECONOMIC PROWESS.. I BET YOU, IT WILL ALL AMOUNT TO A 'CLAMP DOWN'

    March 17, 2010 at 1:34 pm |
  10. Bryan

    China censors anything that makes their government look bad; therefore censoring free speech. As a company founded in a country where freedom of speech is one of our core values (and a motto of the company), they should leave China. This would allow China to do what it wants in ignoring the civil liberties of its people and showing them than American companies will not stand for it.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  11. lauratheexpat

    It's time for Google to make a decision and to either (1) end the unease the partners are experiencing or (2) enable them to begin to prepare for a post-Google China. What that decision should be ultimately will depend on Google's values and beliefs -with regard to its partners, its profits, and its position on censorship on the Internet. China isn't going to change its position on the last point in any event.

    March 17, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  12. Jeffrey

    Google needs to leave China for good! I congrat to Facebook which already passed Google, Facebook becomes the best in the world so Google is No. 2 now.

    March 17, 2010 at 2:16 pm |
  13. S. Sullivan

    Let as all hope to see a free China in our lifetime.

    March 17, 2010 at 2:48 pm |
  14. edward cherrie

    Yes, they should leave.

    I own lots of BIDU.

    March 17, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
  15. Pj

    "I congrat to Facebook which already passed Google, Facebook becomes the best in the world so Google is No. 2 now."
    i use google to search for something. Once i find it i tend not to search for it again. I use facebook over and over and over again. This ranking doesnt suprise me, or plenty of other sensible people id have thought.

    March 17, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  16. Joan

    Google should stand by its value of uncensored content. I understand Microsoft BING is willing to jump in as Google jumps out. Another reason to dislike Microsoft.

    March 17, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  17. Corey in GA

    They should pull out. I wish we could more easily find things (toys in particular) that aren't made in China. I always look for Made in Taiwan since that is most disturbing to the oppressive regime in mainland China.

    @ Edward Cherrie: Congrats on supporting the oppression of a billion people.

    March 17, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  18. James

    Google should leave China. The citizens already know what's going on but are afraid to speak out for risk of imprisonment. They need another revolution. Hoping to see China as a leading "FREE" gov't in my life-time.

    March 17, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  19. Hugo

    Don't forget that all the Chinese internet limiting technology was installed by Cisco....

    March 17, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  20. steve ceprano

    it is time to go for Democratic principals.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  21. Jason

    Facebook? Twitter? thank you.

    Now your huys think facebook or twitter wil stand for freedom?
    that is so naive.

    look at the news, twitter said it considers to build a chinese version.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  22. Jason

    Goggle does not stand for freedom, huma rights or whatever you call.
    The recent unease between google and China is simply a behind-door deal between the US government and google to test china's determination on censorship. China is not going to change that stance.

    If people still believe freedom is stil the core of the US, congratulations, you are successfully brainwahsed by the US government. The hilary clinton-google deal is to try to control the world through internet by spreading american ideas etc. This fact itself is against freedom. I can surely say if you let the chinese internet to decide if google should stay or go. The majority would say leave. The fact is that majority of chinese internet users don't use google. they don't need google. Google has never provided any information which its chinese competiters haven't provided.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  23. Jason

    The fact is that majority of chinese internet users don't use google. they don't need google. Google has never provided any information which its chinese competiters haven't provided. BTW, google's capability to search chinese characters are far behind baidu, the major chinese search tool. Dont' be naive, it is financially, never about freedom or whatever you guys call.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  24. systous

    Directed attacks on my search provided...it's more common than you think.
    If China wants to control the knowledge of the world, they need to take over the world first.

    Google should reinvest their infastructure with a country that will utilize their services as the catalyst for social advancements, not a tool to supress the people.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  25. drishtikon

    China will no doubt have a home-grown competitor to Google in the future, so Google is out one way or the other.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  26. Matt

    Google should not, but they can't seem to be making hollow threats either. The reason they should stay is because if they leave China's censorship issue will become less likely to be resolved. Google's activities have allowed for the world to see the issue and for pressure from within and without have life.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  27. Jules

    Google shud leave China. China does not need arrogant American lecturing. Baidu is doing just fine.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  28. Reader

    Google you have always been the leader.

    Your innovations may succeed or not.
    But you are always in lead in trying them.

    Here also you are leading and showing the world that your policies are not just documents you follow them and you live them.

    You are setting a very good example.
    A company like google can leave 33% of market share and leave to follow and live your policy.

    You have my respect and support.

    Remember valuations are always comparative, if more companies follow the right behaviour then valuations for chinese requirements will come down and the Chinese government will have to mend their ways.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  29. irene

    There's no YOU TUBE in China too . A friend who's mother is living there told me.
    About the grow of Facebook x Google . I'll tell what happens here in Brazil. Google has been here forever , not only with it search browse , but with its mail and ORKUT . ORKUT is very popular here and unknown in the US. It looks a lot like Facebook . It has even created a new look to look like Facebook , but peolple rather use the old one . Peolple are slowly ALSO getting in Facebook , witch is not that popular in Brazil yet.I , for example , made mine only this week because an american friend asked to.
    But the growth of Facebook does't mean that people will leave Google mail , search or Orkut

    March 17, 2010 at 8:46 pm |
  30. irene

    It's good for the world to see that things in China aren't as open as it seems now

    March 17, 2010 at 8:49 pm |
  31. irene

    Let Google give them a good fight to stay there and let others join them in this fight for freedoom

    March 17, 2010 at 8:54 pm |
  32. Michael

    The chinese have a saying: "May you live in interesting times", it is actually a curse. It has been customary for western governments to claim holier than thou positions when it comes to the third world at large. Googles efforts to dictate a sovereign countries laws are detrimental to its own health and very 'interesting'.
    Google now finds its self in a confused state as its silence might indicate. It had decided to make a grandstand for the spectators sake and somewhat ended in anticlimax as the chinese government assured it, that it will not be blackmailed by one single individual comapany with delusions of grandeur.
    It is great news for china if google finally leaves . What a great opportunity for the development of local internet companies. With little help from the chinese government and the huge domestic market, who knows what the future holds for them. Maybe one day they will replace google in the US as well, with respect to US law of course.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:19 pm |
  33. eagle

    we all know that the chinese government isn't going to change anytime soon so there's no need for google to waste time trying to change their minds on censorship . Google might as well pull out and focus on where they are suceeding and not where they know they'll be limited.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:28 pm |
  34. irene

    There's no YOU TUBE in China too .
    About the growth of Facebook x Google . I'll tell what happens here in Brazil. Google has been here forever , not only the Google Search , but with Gmail and ORKUT . ORKUT is very popular here and unknown in the US. Looks a lot like Facebook . It has even created a new look to look like Facebook. And now people are ALSO slowly getting in Facebook , wich is not that popular in Brazil yet.
    But the growth of Facebook does't mean that people will leave Google mail , search or Orkut . It only means they are starting to use it too.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  35. Charles

    Really, freedom is something that America wants. You can't make others like it just because you like it. If American's still thinks that their way is right and better then everyone else's, then they should be ashamed.

    March 18, 2010 at 12:37 am |
  36. Wallace

    I live in Beijing. I use GMAIL,Chrome,google earth and map. Google is part of my life. At first, when I heard that Google may leave, I feel sad and unhappy. After two months, I change my mind. I feel tired and boring about all this fuss. It is a shame for google to abduct Chinese users including me to bargain with chinese government. It is not about moral or justice, it is only filthy politics and money. I suggest Google leave China now! As soon as possible! I can live without google for sure. I dislike this Google as a DOG of U.S. government.

    March 18, 2010 at 4:19 am |
  37. Nomad

    I am a Chinese citizen living outside of China.
    I can provide some thoughts from oversea Chinese that I know of.
    All of us want Google to leave.
    All of us believe that unity and stability of China have much higher priorities than "freedom" which is a good thing but not in the near future.
    All of us believe that there is a difference between Chinese and western definitons of "freedom", like or not.
    Some westerners have to learn that not everyone is thinking in the same way.

    A background infor about me and the people I know of:
    We are all educated. We are all able to read and speak English fluently. Some of us can read and speak some other European languages. We all believe some sort of cencership is necessary, just like banning hatred, racism, extrimism, child-pornography are done in many western countries. The difference here is that majority of Chinese believe something is crime while some in west believe that's freedom. You know the something I am talking about.

    Talk with a Chinese (legally entered U.S. from mainland China) near you, see what will they tell you, then you may know that the Chinese goverment is not alone in this matter.

    No matter what is the reason behind, one thing is clear, EVERYONE want Google to leave.

    March 18, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  38. mark

    Leave, and on top of this levy a tax on all chinese imports until they adhere to all WTO requirements and some form of environmental regualtion compatible to ours or just short of them.

    Cheers

    March 18, 2010 at 7:49 pm |
  39. exarmy

    Google should leave. Remember your motto. "Do no evil"" Dealing with China is an EVIL act in its self. Pull out now because you will not be able to pull out later when they have you by the gonads. If you pull out I will continue to use you. If bow down to them like OBAMA then I will use someone elses search engine.

    March 18, 2010 at 8:29 pm |
  40. HelKit

    Sure, I am a happy BIDU holder.

    March 19, 2010 at 5:33 am |
  41. Lorin

    Google is an American company and must follow US laws first, censorship is illegal and if they can't exist in China under those terms, it's time to leave or face the consequences.

    March 19, 2010 at 5:48 am |
  42. tano

    Great Power comes with greater responsibility ..Its worlds biggest search engine google's responsibility to stick to their principles.By doing that, It ll set an example of practicality of freedom of expression,speech against business gains.If google holds its ground then it ll be a historic moment for a corporate giant to voice against opression . Way to go ooooo google!!

    March 19, 2010 at 6:30 am |
  43. Ricardo

    If what the Chinese wants is against the Corporate Philosophy of Google, then it should leave China. For those whose Corporate Philosophy matches those of China then go to China. I think this is a clash of cultures, nobody is right and nobody is wrong. Everything is relative.

    March 19, 2010 at 7:14 am |
  44. Troy K

    they control thair people allready, Its amazeing that an corporation, is standing against a country. loseing proffit, if only Others fallowed.

    it wo uld stop cheap craftmenship or every day products. and more.

    March 19, 2010 at 7:28 am |
  45. Josh

    No, if they pull out of China then they should do the same in the US. The only reason we are having this debate is due to the NSA's "back door" Google had to leave in their network (for Government SPYING) giving the hackers a way in!! Don't be angry with China end the unconstitutional act's by our Government and restore our liberties to what we built this great country to insure.
    "Those who sacrifice freedom for safety deserve neither." Benjamin Franklin

    March 19, 2010 at 7:59 am |
  46. Daniel

    Possible scenarios:
    1. Google stays – then "don't do evil" vanishes and google is not credible anymore in this aspect. In this case I would personally not leave anything again in their hands.
    2. Google stays – outcomes can be:
    2.1 Chinese people are smart – they will develop something as good as google and they will export it.
    2.2 Google will move its business to other countries in the area (.kr, .vn, .th)
    2.3 The western flux of foreign tech investment in .cn will diminish a little as Google became a trend setter lately. This would probably mean that some hi-tech gizmos production will move to other countries in the area

    March 19, 2010 at 9:16 am |
  47. Alex

    If Google doesn't need the $$$ for its shareholders then it should leave. Another company like Google will pop up eventually to pick up the $$$ Google left behind. And if China does one day become a world economic behemoth. I just hope Google doesn't get on its knees and beg its way back. That would be a sad thing to see.

    March 19, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  48. Ken

    It is clear from the comments of many of your readers that pervasive coverabe of information by Google or Baidu, or any other search engine has still left them in the dark thinking that Google is a government agency or possibly a servant of some government. How is the perceived arrogance of the American Government connectable to Google which, I believe, is only providing access (good word) to information.
    I am lookihg forward to the outcome, because it will have a ww impact on intellectual property, including any such property which Baidu may claim as their own.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  49. Ken

    I want to suggest a scenario which will shed light on this question (I think!). In this years World Cup, lets let each team play by their own rules and not have to play by the World Cup's rules. We has kids do that when I was a kid playing different games. The result was never pretty.

    March 19, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  50. Lee

    Google is a window on the west. There are plenty of people in China who use it, who appreciate its search capacities, and who find ways through the censorship firewalls.

    If Google pulls out, it abandons those people. I think it's a huge mistake at this time. The government and the people of China are not the same thing (just as the govt. & people of the US are not the same thing). The people seek information and ties to the west. Google is sewing the seeds of change. This is a critical juncture. If it leaves now, nothing will come of that.

    Don't be evil is an admirable sentiment, but it can be very hard to distinguish just exactly what that means. Xenophobia is all too common on both sides of the ocean.

    March 19, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  51. Mike

    I am tired of "countries/companies" going abroad and trying to dictate what "should be'. It is not there decision. Each culture, country has it's own ideals and pratices. Stop trying to control and police the world. It is noty your place.. Can I go to a Christian church and practice Islam? Can I open a Brothel in DC? No, because I respect the law and the culture regardless if I believe in it or not. Google is a great webstie but there are deranged if they think they can overstep laws that they originaly agrred upon, GET OUT GOOGLE!!! no need for you anyhow... MAny other site out there

    March 19, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  52. Elio

    agree with comment from irene. Bingo! She said what I thought about the china.

    March 19, 2010 at 11:01 pm |
  53. Tanny

    China does it, CNN does it and lot of other big media giants and countries do it. China has one party communism and US has two party dictatorship. They all control people's voice one way or another.

    March 19, 2010 at 11:39 pm |
  54. Karen

    It just keeps amazing me that we live in a world where the government has to make our decisions because they do not feel we are responsible enough to make our own decisions.

    There is always good and bad, but how we can learn to make responsible choices if we are not given the opportunity? Google leaving China, or China imposing their censorship is not going to change what people really think. It may limit what people can express or learn about, but human beings are creative and they will find a way to get it anyway. Especially in China. It has come way too far, and it is a myth to think that the government imposing censorship will do much. The door has opened. Censorship is only going to cause more internal conflict within China. It is fear of losing power that drives the Chinese government. What they haven't understood yet, is that they have already lost it and should be working with the people, not controlling them.

    March 20, 2010 at 12:41 am |
  55. Roy

    google should pull out anyway baidu is what china use anyways game over !!!!!!

    March 20, 2010 at 4:48 am |
  56. Ludvik

    YES, GO and go fast.

    Regime in China is evil. Do not support it.

    Do no evil and do not deal with evils.

    March 20, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  57. Todd

    Of course google should leave China. To act as an agent of the Chinese government agenda of forbidding the truth from reaching the Chinese populace is grotesque, and smacks of appeasement era compromise.

    This is not a matter of google or a foreign entity trying to control the Chinese government or impose its values upon them. Rather, it is a statement that one company has the right to choose not to be complicit in an immoral regime. Google is not disrespecting anyone's culture by leaving China, they just aren't interested in being an agent of government-enforced ignorance and propaganda any longer.

    My thoughts are with the Chinese people as they struggle to learn the truth through the deep veil of darkness imposed on them by their fearful authoritarian dictators.

    March 20, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  58. mark in el paso

    We have shippped our manufacturing jobs to this country – a place that still has slave labor and zero civil rights. Theyillegally prop up their currency. They buy nothing from us. Please stop sending our money to these people!

    March 20, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  59. Peterandhelen

    Google shouldn't need leave Chinese nows.
    China goverment need a small change for solve problems, for example, censoring Baidu.
    The truth is the truth. The nature is the nature.
    I tested Baidu (censored) with "Tiananmen","massacre", which is censored, in China,in Baidu (20.800 pages)...Baidu can't restrict the truth.
    As famous sentence "If you don't want another people knows what you did, there is only one way that you didn't do that".
    If Google leave China, it will be not good for China, with negative image, isolation.

    In someway, "Avatar" is also better choice than "Hurt Locker".
    I support Google in anyway.

    March 21, 2010 at 4:55 am |
  60. James

    Google's technology prides itself on "ranking" sites without intervention or the bias of a human operator. It saves them money, allows much larger and faster indexing of the web.

    It also has trust from users that the search results are not "sponsored" (sponsored ads are separate and well disclosed that its an ad).

    Apparently, all of the things google did to become #1 is illegal in china.

    March 21, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
  61. Jim

    As a cybersecurity practitioner, I strongly agree that Google should exit China. However, that will not stop any of the real problems with Chinese cyber misbehavior; hacking of US government networks to commit military espionage, censoring content to prevent freedom of access to information by its citizens, intercepting its own citizen's e-mails to curtail political protests, and spying on political adversaries like the Falun Gong and the Dalai Lama. Instead it will probably only cause China to escalate these activities; like hacking or denial of service on Gmail accounts to retaliate against Google for leaving. A word of caution if you do this: Google bar the door!

    March 21, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  62. Robert

    Google was well aware of the rules going into this market place. The Chinese are busying stealing all the Google technology they grab right along with the U.S. and other powerful nations.

    I don't believe Google will leave for the sake of some moral ideas. Anyone who believes there is something moral about Google clearly has no clue of all the corruption out there.

    The Chinese are stealing all of Google's precious ideas, and that will later affect their bottom line. Don't fall for some bogus story like we are upset with the Chinese government filtering the web, or some other stance.

    Google, tell the truth and just say the Chinese are stealing all your intellectual property every two seconds. The U.S. is probably pressuring you to stay so we can use Google as an attack platform for gather data from the Chinese.

    Wake up and smell the data people. There is much more to this story then the ignorant masses understand, I promise you that.

    March 21, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  63. irene

    Answering Mr. Nomad : "We are all educated. We are all able to read and speak English fluently. Some of us can read and speak some other European languages."

    Well Mr.Bin Laden has also had the best education possible and appears to still have a narrow mind . He didn't learn much.

    There are bad leaders all around the world because they can count on the lack of knowledge of the population .

    March 22, 2010 at 3:04 am |
  64. mangbai

    Google is a window on the west. There are plenty of people in China who use it, who appreciate its search capacities, and who find ways through the censorship firewalls.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:32 am |
  65. John Doe

    Pull out or sell out what ever suits them the best.

    China's leadership is a dictatorship maybe in 20-50 years time they might be able to handle the truth been known, for now theres no chance in hell of google getting them to listen to reason.

    Google isn't the only search engine that operates in China, let some other western company sell out there, for once take a stand.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
  66. David

    All of the internet search engines in China should either refuse to restrict access or pull out of the country. The Chinese government has controlled the internet to the extent that Chinese children are unaware of the past atrocities committed by the government, such as the Tiananmen Massacre. It's not about protecting national security; it's about restricting the freedom of speech and open media. Restricting access to information is a blatant disregard for human rights. (Art.19 of the 1948 U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights – Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.) Rights we in the rest of the world continue to allow China to violate due to their economic power over the rest.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
  67. Anonymous

    Doesn’t matter, if they do others such as http://www.bing.com and http://www.sohu.com will have a bigger marketshare.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  68. ......................

    you know what i am the ambassador of china and according to the chinese deed of 1999 it says" they shall choose whether to dissaprove search engines but the man who found the engine has a very permanent choice and has to pay a fee to do such a thing, but the chinese citizens will take a fee for the owner and has to be under or exactley 1 billion dollars and they will count the number of citizen that voted and find out how much money they put on the owner'. now my ambassador of china cant read this so he told me about this and told me to write this down.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:24 pm |
  69. Ian

    when in rome doesn't apply to the deterritorialized world we live in anymore. if china wants to continue imposing its draconian censorship it should do so with home-grown organizations and technologies and not expect western businesses to kneel at its feet. google should not have to compromise on its principles of supporting open information just because it is politically inconvenient.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  70. HERNAN RIQUELME

    I really think that Google must go away from China, because The most politicized system over the world is the China`s dictatorial Comunist System. China is our enemy, for it`s sneaky economy, dictatorial goverment system, and for to keep a monstruosity human rights attack.
    For the western cityzen Google represent the freedom!

    March 22, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  71. Mitch

    It is no secret that China wants to control what it's people see. If Google stands their ground as a true free company and China does not like it..then China will turn them off. The mass of information that is now avalible to the everyday person in China (with Google) can open a few more eyes, or change some opinions of western culture. I truely belive if Google does stay in China, their gov't will do everything in it's power to discredit and run a "smear" campaign. So no matter which way Google or China turns it's bad for business..and thats why i don't own Google.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  72. lyrker

    It's a search engine portal, not some globally necessary service. Whether Google decides to keep servicing China or not will matter very little to the rest of the world, in their day-to-day existence. This is really making a big deal out of something that won't have much affect on most people outside of China.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  73. Alex Shamson

    Do no evil = Leave China

    March 22, 2010 at 8:04 pm |
  74. John

    They should not only leave China, but they should stop displaying the search results of Chinese companies making and distributing counterfeit goods of our countries goods.

    Google! Are you listening? Wake up and help America companies, and protect it's internet buyers from Counterfeit Goods.

    You blacklist them, and they have way less chance of fooling non-savvy customers.

    Your current policy is broken, and giving you a bad name, more than you know.... Clean it up and help everyone. Don't you want to be heroes?

    March 22, 2010 at 8:30 pm |
  75. Mike

    Truth is, internet search is a complex challenge, and very sensitive to localized culture and language variations. Google has worked very hard and spent a lot of money in China, only to become an also-ran and not a market leader. They could get a huge amount of PR by pulling out of China for humanitarian reasons, and better direct the investment to markets they can perform better in. They are wasting time and money by staying in China.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:09 pm |
  76. Dennis

    If Google believes in the free flow of ideas, ethically they can't voluntarily censor their content. If China stands fast, then I think it's best that Google and China part ways. Unfortunately, the big loser in all of this is the Chinese people.

    March 23, 2010 at 4:21 am |
  77. Lap

    For those who don't know much about the practice of the Chinese government, please be aware that there are about 100,000 employees in its so-called "National Internet Data Management Department," one of their jobs is to post comments on the news forum, and get paid 50 cents for each comment approved. That's why they are called "50-cent party" in Chinese. I think there are a lot of those in the major English news forum to attack Google today, after Google really pulled the plug on its google.cn search engine.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:39 am |
  78. k.m.

    I already made a comment on FACEBOOK.COM on this news.
    I do not understand why Google made a compromise and decided to stay in China. I undersatand many Chinese computor users love Google-the best search engine in the computer world, so I feel sorry for them. But without a sensorship by the government and w/o a freedom of speech, how Chinese people can express their own thoughts without government's intervention. In the whole world, every democratic countries know that Chinese Government's human rightgs violations and etc.etc.
    Hi, Google, you will be happy without China!!

    March 23, 2010 at 7:21 am |
  79. Frank

    Google has shown that they have honesty and integrity where others don't.

    I applaud them and will continue to use them as my search engine exclusively.

    Now, if only others (insert Microsoft here) would have as much integrity and also stop censoring their Chinese content and being the ploy of an oppressive regime.

    March 23, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  80. rurapenthe

    If they want control, let them have it. Pull-out and they can build their own search engine that will just be a copy of a proper one anyway...

    March 23, 2010 at 1:16 pm |
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