"s easy to be cynical about Google's feisty tone. After all, the company has been willing to trim search results in China for three years to placate Beijing. And despite its "don't be evil" corporate mantra, Google's shareholders have gone along with voluntary censorship. It seems the final straw wasn't principle, but property - possibly the theft of the algorithms Google uses to generate its search results."
that the reason for its concern is that the gmail accounts of some Chinese human rights activists were hacked an a very sophisticated manner.
Although Google hasn't said as much it obviously believes that the hacking was done by the Chinese government.
Google is a commercial concern, and like all commercial concerns it must ultimately listen to the wishes of its users and shareholders. I predict that we'll see Google in China in the long term, although there may be some token sword rattling for political purposes.
I'm not sure I understand the logic behind the article's claim that Google is set to make money by withdrawing its service from China.
If I've read it right, it's suggesting that more people in the West will use Google due to Google's 'ethical' decision. Now I believe that is probably correct, but I highly doubt that the number of people that have boycotted Google for censoring its results in China will be anywhere close to the number of Chinese people in China actually using Google. I.e. they will gain several thousand more users in the West, but loose several million other users from China!
China is rapidly becoming the world's largest power in production, technology and exports. It has already overtaken the USA as the world's largest exporter and uses vast quantities of metals, sometimes as much as 99% of the world's supply of various raw metals. Anyone ignoring a market of 1.3 - 1.4 billion people would be committing commercial suicide.
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