Google took the step after it seemed inevitable if it didn’t leave the Chinese mainland it would be kicked out of the Chinese mainland, as we reported first thing today.
But moving to Hong Kong may be a step too far, even for the egregious Google. Although Hong Kong is supposed to be a democracy, it isn’t, and the tentacles of the Chinese state go everywhere in Asia. Except India, naturally. And Taiwan, the Republic of China (ROC). Hong Kong is definitely mainland China’s territory. Tibet and Taiwan aren’t. Nor Nepal, nor Bhutan.
Let’s face it.
If anyone is watching you, it’s Google. And Google is becoming positively big-brotherish as its tentacles reach into every corner of our everyday lives.
From Streetview, to Google Search, to the Android telephone operating system, Google is omnipresent.
“In the far distance a helicopter skimmed down between the roofs, hovered for an instant like a bluebottle, and darted away again with a curving flight. It was the police patrol, snooping into people’s windows. The patrols did not matter however. Only the Thought Police mattered.” – George Orwell, 1984.
The Chinese state organs we reported on first thing this morning are quite right. Google is policitising itself. And no one wants Google to be watching us. Whether in Eurasia or in Oceania.