SEARCH OUTFIT Google is having a laugh as it begins its long march out of China.
Although everyone and their dog knows that Google is leaving the country, it has decided to try the patience of the Glorious People's Republic before it goes.
Yesterday it announced that it is no longer censoring its Google China site. This means that the Chinese people can learn about how the Communist authorities propped up their people's revolution by shooting democracy protesters in Tienanmen Square and search for things written about Tibet by the former theocratic monarch, the Dalai Lama.
Google has been saying that if it has to censor its site then it can't be bothered staying in China. China said that if it wants to make money like all the other imperialist pigs who have their feet in the Chinese trough it is going to have to do as it is told.
As you would expect, the Chinese were swift to condemn Google's anti-censorship moves, saying it was "totally wrong" and accused it of breaking a promise made when it launched its service in China.
The US based Internet search giant is redirecting users in mainland China to its unrestricted Hong Kong site, google.hk, although the Great Firewall of China can still censor search results.
According to the BBC, Google's move to effectively shut down its mainland Chinese search service, google.cn, is a major blow to China's international image.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters that Google's move was an isolated act by a commercial company and should not affect China-US ties "unless politicised" by others.
China is embarrassed by the loss of Google which managed to make it look incredibly bad before it left.
However it has lots of other friends in American IT industry, such as Yahoo, Microsoft and Apple, who are all happy to do business in the country and help prop up the authoritarian Communist regime. µ
But we probably won't see it until next year
Why stick a finger in a dyke when you can ram the entire boy in the hole, eh?
Reminds us that we're supposed to be able to trust them
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