Google Is Fed Up With China’s Restrictions.
Citing recent tightening of government restrictions, Google announced that it’s asking China one last time to ease China’s censorship. If China says no, Google will withdraw from China.
Google was criticized in 2006 when it bent to China’s censorship demands. Within China, Google lags behind China’s most popular search engine, http://www.baidu.com/. 300 million Internet users is a huge market for Google to walk away from.
IBM has withdrawn from whole countries. Why not Google?
This reminds me of the time in the 1970s when OPEC member Nigeria, with a population of maybe 80 million, told all foreign firms that they must "indigenize" — that is, sell the majority of their shares to Nigerians and employ Nigerians in key positions. IBM, which was by far the leading computer systems vendor in Nigeria and worldwide, responded to the demand by closing its Nigerian office: IBM just turned out the lights and walked away. It’s good to be king.
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