INVESTMENT RAG the Financial Times claims that Google is 99.9 per cent certain that it must shut down its Chinese search engine.
The company's talks with China over censorship apparently have broken down with neither side having given any ground.
Quoting a source inside Google, the FT reports that Google has drawn up detailed plans to walk out of China. The FT thinks it likely that an announcement could come any day now that talks between Google and the Chinese government have reached an impasse and that Google will therefore abandon its Chinese language search operation in the Middle Kingdom.
China's Minister of Industry and Information Technology, Li Yizhong, told reporters on Friday that if Google did not respect Chinese laws then China would view it as "unfriendly and irresponsible", and the company would then have to face the consequences.
In other words, it seems that China is telling Google, we don't need your filthy capitalist pig-dog search engine contaminating the minds of our glorious heroic workers with information about Tibetan monks and massacres of our students that never happened. This is particularly distracting while we are in business making imperialist trinkets to prop up your decadent lifestyles and save enough money to buy up the West.
The business community, however, is a little shocked at that Google might be making a decision for once that's not based on making a lot of cash.
China is a large and growing, if competitive market and many cannot believe that Google will turn away from it over something as minor as morals regarding Internet censorship and human rights.
It is not clear what Google's cunning plan for its Android OS for smartphones will be in China either. µ
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