China: Google case not linked to ties with US

Jan 21, 2010 By ANITA CHANG , Associated Press Writer
A Google logo is seen partially blocked by a Chinese national flag at Google's China headquarters in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010. Google has delayed the debut of two mobile phones designed to connect with its Internet services in China, widening the void that might be opened if the company and Beijing can't resolve their rift over online censorship and security. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

(AP) -- China's dispute with Internet giant Google, which is threatening to pull out of the country over concerns about censorship and security, should not be linked to bilateral ties with the United States, a top Chinese official said Thursday.

The comments from Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei come hours before U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is to deliver a speech in Washington on the Obama administration's strategy for protecting freedom on the Internet.

Google said on Jan. 12 that it will remain in only if the government relents on rules requiring the censorship of content the ruling communist party considers subversive. The ultimatum came after Google said it uncovered a that tried to plunder its software coding and the e-mail accounts of human rights activists protesting Chinese policies.

The United States has said it will lodge a formal complaint to Beijing on the alleged hacking attacks.

"The Google case should not be linked with relations between the two governments and countries; otherwise, it's an over-interpretation," China's He told a news conference, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

The Xinhua report did not mention censorship, instead referring to Google's "disagreements with government policies."

The Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that the search giant must obey China's laws and traditions, suggesting it was giving no ground in talks with the company.

"Foreign enterprises in China need to adhere to China's laws and regulations, respect the interests of the general public and cultural traditions and shoulder corresponding responsibilities. Google is no exception," ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu told a news briefing.

There have already been aftershocks from Google's announcement. On Tuesday, Google postponed the launch of two mobile phones in China, adding to the potential commercial fallout from the dispute with Beijing.

The delay affects separate phones made by Motorola and Samsung. The handsets are both powered by Android, a mobile operating software system developed by . Both phones were scheduled to debut this week, with China Unicom Ltd. serving as the carrier.

Explore further: Online piracy thrives in Internet cloud: study (Update)

2 /5 (1 vote)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

China tries to limit Google dispute fallout

Jan 15, 2010

(AP) -- China tried Friday to keep its censorship row with Google from damaging business confidence or ties with Washington, promising good conditions for foreign investors but giving no sign it might relax ...

Google suspects hacking by China staff: report

Jan 19, 2010

Google is checking whether any of its China staff helped hackers lead a major cyberattack against the US Internet giant, which is now mulling whether to leave the country, a report said Tuesday.

Google chided for China censorship deal

Jan 25, 2006

Google's decision to allow censorship of its search-engine results in China was chided by human-rights groups Wednesday and defended by company officials.

China slams Google over porn

Jun 18, 2009

China stepped up its war on Internet censorship Thursday, slamming Google China for allowing pornographic content to seep into the nation and threatening to punish the search engine.

Recommended for you

Facebook dressed down over 'real names' policy

22 hours ago

Facebook says it temporarily restored hundreds of deleted profiles of self-described drag queens and others, but declined to change a policy requiring account holders to use their real names rather than drag names such as ...

Yelp to pay US fine for child privacy violation

Sep 17, 2014

Online ratings operator Yelp agreed to pay $450,000 to settle US charges that it illegally collected data on children, in violation of privacy laws, officials said Wednesday.

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

frajo
1 / 5 (1) Jan 21, 2010
It's a really byzantine task for Google to try to force China to change its laws.
Why don't they warm up first by trying to accomplish the same feat against smaller countries, like Saudi Arabia or Germany?