The Chinese government has reacted badly to Google’s decision to redirect its search engine from google.cn to google.hk.
According to the People’s Daily, officials in the State Council Information Office broke a pledge it made.
The newspaper said that Google had broken a written promise it made when it entered the Chinese market. It had promised to censor its search and was insuating that China was to blame for hacker attacks made earlier this year.
An unnamed official told the newspaper: “We’re uncompromisingly opposed to the politicisation of commercial issues, and express our discontent and indignation to Google for its unreasonable accusations and conducts.”
Google’s move, however, is largely symbolic. Even if a Chinese citizen accesses google.hk and tries to search for forbidden topics such as Tibet, Taiwan or the Falun Gong, the Great Firewall of China won’t allow people to see stuff.
The official said the government had met Google several times to iron out an agreement. The Chinese government is adamant, however, that foreign companies have to abide by its own laws.