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Argument: To do business in China, Google must abide by censorship laws

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Nicholas Deleon. "China has every right to be upset with Google right now." Crunch Gear. March 23, 2010: "What I don’t understand is, what gives Google the right to flout a country’s laws, no matter how “bad” they may seem? China doesn’t want its citizens to read up on Tienanmen Square—and? I really don’t think it’s the place outsiders to tell China how to run itself. You wouldn’t want Big China Corporation to build a factory in the middle of Texas, then demand that the state of Texas bend to its whims, would you?

I’m not defending Chinese law, but I fully recognize that it’s none of my business. If that’s how the Chinese government wants to run its affairs, so be it. It’s fairly silly to project one’s own cultural animus onto other peoples.

If Google wants to do business in China, it has to play by China’s rules. What’s so controversial about that?

Google shouldn’t get a free pass simply because it’s Google."

"Editorial: Google and China." Arab News. January 15, 2010: "Censorship is, therefore, a reality, the nature of which will change from country to country. Outsiders may disagree with these legal constraints, but in the final analysis, it is not their business. It is incumbent on any foreigner coming to another country, especially for reasons of business, to respect the sensibilities of their host country, particularly those sensibilities that are enshrined in the local laws that deal with censorship."

"For Chinese people, Google is not god, and even if it puts on a show of politics and values, it is still not god," said the overseas edition of the People's Daily, the ruling Communist Party's newspaper.[1]

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