Chinese mandarins have dubbed Google is a “political tool” which is targeting the Glorious People’s Government.
An official Beijing mouthpiece, the People’s Daily, hit out at Google’s claim that the Internet giant’s statements about hacking attacks had been traced to China.
Google last week claimed that it had thwarted an attempt by Chinese hackers to steal the passwords of hundreds of Google email account holders, including US government officials, Chinese human rights advocates and journalists.
However the Chinese Foreign Ministry warned Google against playing a risky political game.
It said that by claiming that Chinese human rights activists were among the victims of the hacking, Google was “deliberately pandering” to negative Western perceptions of China and implying the attacks were the work of the Chinese government.
An editor of the People’s Daily insisted that Google’s accusation were “spurious, have ulterior motives, and bear malign intentions.”
It warned that Google should not become overly embroiled in international political struggles, playing the role of a tool for political contention.
It suggested that when the international winds shift direction, Google will become sacrificed to politics and will be spurned by the marketplace.
It is not clear when the People’s Daily thinks that the rest of the world will think that its routine persecution of dissidents and censorship will become permissible on the International stage, but clearly China thinks that Google will be the loser when it does.