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China to Google: Obey the Chinese Law

In response to Google's announcement that they will stop censoring search results on their Google.cn website after series of hacker attacks, China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said that the country's internet is open and international companies are welcome as long as they obey the law.

Whether this means that they will still force Google to censor their searches is still unclear. Google has been censoring search results that contain items pertaining to sensitive national issues like suppression of freedom of expression and other political issues. The search giant received a lot of criticism when they submitted to the Chinese government policy. Critics argue that it is contradictory with the company’s core values summarized in its motto: “Don’t be evil.”






Earlier this week, Google announced that they will stop censoring their search result because of the security breach targeted top their infrastructure. Though the company doesn't directly accuse China as being behind the attacks, they mentioned that the attackers come from China. Also, the attacks are targeted to the Gmail accounts of known human rights activists who protested against the China's policy that violates the freedom of expression. The company also said that if the Chinese government forces them to censor the results, they will leave the country.

Referring to the attacks, the Chinese government said that the Chinese law proscribes any form of hacking activity.

Many people criticized China's statement on internet openness. They argue that internet openness should be demonstrated by the free flow of information without any form of restriction or censorship. The US government has been one open critic of Chinese policies.

With the fuzzy response from the Chinese government, the fate of Google.cn is still unclear.

For the full report regarding China's response, go to the following link.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100115/ap_on_hi_te/as_china_google

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