October 8, 2005

Is There Anything American Tech Companies Won’t Do to Kowtow to China?

Filed under: Consumer Outrage,Economy — Tom @ 4:59 pm

How Orwellian–From The Wall Street Journal editorial page (requires subscription):

Pity poor Taiwan — which has just been involuntarily reunified with China by the source of information almost everyone now turns to on the Internet. The island’s government, and a handful of its most ardent pro-independence legislators, are up in arms that Google has decided to designate Taiwan as a “province of China” in its map section.

Google says it’s just following the lead of the United Nations, which is famous for its contempt for the island and has just dismissed Taiwan’s latest application for membership after a discussion lasting 24 minutes.

There’s no reason to be surprised by Google’s behavior. The big Internet companies long ago showed themselves ready to go to almost any lengths to get into the China market

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