China and the Google Bear


Just as we guessed here at NetHawk, along with everyone else on the planet, China refused to buckle to the Google Bear’s call for freedom from their autocratic intimidations. China defended its extensive censorship and ignored charges of criminal behavior in their institutionalized hacking and other antics outlined in yesterdays piece. It’s along with compliments to Grumman Aircraft’s intelligence report on cyber sabotage and The Age of "Informationization."

All sorts of stakes here and with everyone so worried about the Middle East, now to Haiti, with our hearts, who’d a thunk we’d run into all this and all brought to the surface by none other than The Google Bear! China and the United States are mostly busy trying to screw one another over the yuan currency, trade is as bitchy as always, U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and climate change policy with human slavery taking up the rear of our apparent priorities.

I guess many of us have been really naive to think that our concerns with Freedom of Internet, or even Net Neutrality, we’d not known about the imminent star wars being assembled to disrupt our life style. I mean we knew probably Russia, but we thought China was as happy as a clam buying our bad paper and keeping our Big Box stores filled with cheap tube socks.

Google, the world’s top search engine, but only like #3 in China, with 350 million users, is threatening to shut its Chinese-language website after a cyber-attack originating from China creased their infrastructure and targeted some twenty or so other firms and human rights campaigners using its Gmail service.

Google wants to chat up one of the People’s Republic’s autocrats about ways to offer an unfiltered search engine, or pull out. Minister Wang Chen of China’s State Council Information Office said Internet companies should help the one-party government steer the fast-changing society.

My-way or Bye-bye-o

Wang didn’t mince many words, "Our country is at a crucial stage of reform and development, and this is a period of marked social conflicts," Wang said in an interview that on the Information Office’s website. On Thursday, the Information Office also named five Chinese websites it said had not done enough to stamp out content banned as crude or pornographic. "Step up the clean-up," it demanded on its website. Neither Wang nor anyone else mentioned, however, that they would only be allowing their own pornography and illicit content.

The Information Office is an arm of China’s propaganda system, and Wang’s comments were Beijing’s first substantial comment on Internet policy after Google parried their gnarly threats and presumed to retreat from the world’s third-biggest economy. "China welcomes international Internet businesses developing services in China according to the law," Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu commented on Google. "Chinese law proscribes any form of hacking activity." Jiang was never asked about "Informationization" oddly.

Wall Street however is not liking any of this as they do not enjoy owning the pesky ADR stocks to get Baidu shares, the leading search in China (61%) with a $1 billion edge over Google (30%).

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This is sort of like the Google Olympics. People choosing a search engine and associating a certain pride apparently possesses some semiotic nationalism or faithfulness to place. Where we used to joust politically by juicing our athletes, and brawling over football, we now express our roots by electronic social association attachment. We understand this completely and hoard our pseudonyms accordingly. Here’s one cute little example quote …

"Our largest Chinese search engine has thoroughly defeated the American leader, and we can again rejoice in the global arena," from a comment in a Reuters piece. "It also shows that nowhere can we not match up to the United States."

Well, okay, that’s cool but there is one thing you might want to look at. You ought to be willing to listen to some constructive criticism once in a while. And like be willing to let your people have their opinions heard and not imprison them when they tell you you’re wrong? Ease up on that tank thing. Chill on Tibet. I mean, my favorite part of being a U.S. citizen is that I don’t have to agree with anyone. And I usually don’t, and it’s okay. Had I been in China, I’m guessing my antics would not have been similarly rewarded. This way I get to alienate my neighbors, instead of the government. It’s all very American.


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