Feature

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.”

Recommended

South Korean military says North Korea fired 'unidentified projectile' into sea
File footage of a North Korean missile launch airs on South Korean TV.
all eyes on north korea

South Korean military says North Korea fired 'unidentified projectile' into sea

Germany's next governing coalition could be determined by 3rd- and 4th-place parties
Annalena Baerbock.
what's next for germany

Germany's next governing coalition could be determined by 3rd- and 4th-place parties

Other countries are besting even the most vaccinated U.S. state
Burlington, VT.
vaccinate the world

Other countries are besting even the most vaccinated U.S. state

How the U.S. bungled farm building in Afghanistan
Afghan farmer.
After Afghanistan

How the U.S. bungled farm building in Afghanistan

Most Popular

Jimmy Fallon and Nicole Kidman almost make it through interview without awkwardness
Jimmy Fallon and Nicole Kidman
Last Night on Late Night

Jimmy Fallon and Nicole Kidman almost make it through interview without awkwardness

7 cartoons about America's vaccine fights
Editorial Cartoon.
Feature

7 cartoons about America's vaccine fights

Democrats are governing like Republicans
A donkey.
Picture of W. James Antle IIIW. James Antle III

Democrats are governing like Republicans