Google is definitely no "God"

16:09, March 24, 2010      

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Google announced at 3:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 23rd (Beijing Time) its decision to move most of its China-based search functions from the Chinese mainland to Hong Kong, and thus opened a new phase in a two-month-long fracas, or the "Google Showdown", which had been launched on January 12 and threatened to withdraw from China. So, Google has something for its settlement explanation at last.

Strictly speaking, Google has not "pulled out of China", as it has first of all transformed the domain name to Hong Kong, which is one of China's special administrative regions. Secondly, Google is very likely to retain part of its business on the Chinese mainland. Upon opening its search services Tuesday, one could see the phrase on screen to his or her consternation "Welcome You to Google Search in China's New Home". So, the wording "Quit China" is merely a "camouflage".

U.S. media have done a lot of reportages and the "Washington Post" was the most exaggerating to report that for Chinese people, "Loss of Google Would Means Nothing but Darkness". It seems as if the Google represents the spirit God of Chinese people. In the meanwhile, however, India's Zee News website was quite earnest in describing Google merely as a "search engine" for the Chinese people. Moreover, according to a survey released by China's World Wide Web network, 84 percent of people in China deem that Google's pullout "does not matter", and many Chinese feel even very repugnant with Google's menacing gesture.

Yes, indeed, Google is no God at all; for the Chinese people; it is definitely not God anyway even if it has spared no effort to put on a political show or a value show, and Google's business operation in China has not occupied a leading, monopolistic position. For this, some certain German media have acknowledged that the "Google showdown" is only a "political show" to perform in the wake of its commercial failure.

In fact, Google is also not a virgin of great values either. Its cooperation and collaboration with the U.S. intelligence and security sector is clear and known to all, and a dispute with Europe has also been triggered precisely for this cause. Provided there is an "obstacle" in a Google message, the relevant U.S. department or agency would delete it upon its directive. So Google's information search data have to be kept for "future reference".

Google is definitely a business or commercial entity and its adherence to business ethics is the right path. For instance, Google should settle its dispute with the intellectual property of Chinese writers properly, so as not to leave behind a "theft" or "stealing" accusation against its name. Following the "Google showdown", senior U.S. officials and media people swarmed in and echoed in shouting. Then, people will naturally ponder carefully and meticulously if this is a business event or a commercial act? Just consider a strong, vigorous U.S. initiative in cyber wars, this is perhaps a tentative skirmish.

In the United States, there is a "revolving gate" between politics and business, and Google executives have also been involved quite penetratingly; some of these people would take up political careers, and this is perhaps a reason for Google to "politicalize" suddenly.

With its "sudden politicalization", Google has completely misjudged the situation as it has not come to realize the Chinese people's firm objection to external threats and coercion; Google has also been irresponsible with its present" sudden politicalization" because it has wrought an enormous confusion and great loss to the Chinese employees and its cooperative businesses.

However, there is no use to worry about an inevitable occurrence at all, and so be the case: "If it threatens to rain and your mother wishes to remarry," as a classic Chinese saying goes to depict such an inevitable trend. Google wants to "quit" or pull out but others cannot stop it however, and Google should, of course, dispose of the aftermath appropriately.

Google's showdown for its pullout will also give us an extension of thought. We should guard against an aspiration for "monopoly" of certain firms or enterprises at the same time to keep alert on the hegemony of certain countries. Under the conditions of economic globalization, it is good to "bring in"(things) but this would weaken their own creativity. So, we should have a little bit of our own and, otherwise, we would face difficulties created by others deliberately.

In the current online world, it is a stark reality that the United States takes the largest holdings, and this is our reality today. Consequently, China should not be "taken aback" at anytime, and would not feel this "taste" well. Hence, whether China should have its own line of technology development and its own root servers -- This is an issue worthy of an early consideration.

By People's Daily Online and contributed by Senior PD reporter Huang Qing
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