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China: Why we are grateful to Google

Even more important, we learned that the Chinese government has the “courage to stand its ground” and that the Chinese people have the “ability to resist blackmail," said Han Dongping in China Daily.

Han DongpingChina Daily

Thank you, Google, for the valuable lesson, said Han Dongping. After weeks of waffling, Google has decided to pull out of the Chinese mainland “for real” and relocate to Hong Kong. It was a business decision, of course; Google wasn’t making as much money here as it had expected. But the company portrayed its departure as a political stand, smearing China as a human-rights abuser. The U.S. government echoed Google’s rhetoric, teaching us that we shouldn’t naïvely think that the U.S. could possibly be fair and objective when a U.S. company is involved in a dispute with China.

Even more important, we learned that the Chinese government has the “courage to stand its ground” and that the Chinese people have the “ability to resist blackmail.” The truth is, the Chinese government, “like any other independent government in this world, has the right to censor information which it considers to be harmful” to the well-being of its citizens. With the “Google incident” behind us, China will now be “more prepared to deal with outside pressures and threats.”

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