State controlled Chinese media ripped into Google over the weekend, accusing it of being a tool of American intelligence agencies and the US government. At the end of last week, China Business News suggested Google would exit China on April 10th.
Google’s law officer David Drummond said in a blog post that the company won’t carry on censoring google.cn, and wants to discuss how it can carry on operating in China, if it’s possible to do that at all.
The attacks on Google came from several Chinese media outlets including Xinhua and China Daily. Both outlets accused the company of politicising itself.
China Daily said that four years ago Google came to the country and accepted “the legal norms” – that includes “regulating” the Internet as a “necessary protection”.
It said in an op-ed piece: “It is a great pity that the Google case told us the company’s aim of entering the Chinese market seems not for commercial reasons but to act as a tool to penetrate into the Chinese culture as well as into Chinese people’s values.
“Google’s relations with the US government cannot be deeper. US media has said Google was the fourth-largest supporter of Barack Obama in his election campaign. Four of the company’s former executives including Sumit Agarwal, who was the product manager for Google Mobile team and is currently deputy assistant secretary of defense, are now serving the US government.”
Xinua said in its editorial that Google had “groundlessly” accused the Chinese government of creating a hacker attack and by pushing China to abandon censorship, the US firm had politicised itself.
The editorial on Xinhua continued: “Regrettably, Google’s recent behaviors show that the company not just aims at expanding business in China, but is playing an active role in exporting culture, value and ideas.
“It is unfair for Google to impose its own value and yardsticks on Internet regulation to China, which has its own time-honored tradition, culture and value.
“Google is currently at a crossroad. Whether it eventually leaves the Chinese market or not, one thing is certain – China’s Internet market, which has already been the world’s biggest with nearly 400 million netizens, will continue to prosper.”
Xinhua didn’t hesitate to show what it described as a “provocative” picture of 25 year old Carla Bruni’s bum.