BEIJING, March 23 China on Tuesday condemned
Google's (GOOG.O) decision to end self-censorship of its
Chinese-language Google.cn search site and to redirect users to
Google's Hong Kong search site not self-censored by the company.
Here are the main parts of comments from China's State
Council Information Office (SCIO), issued by the official Xinhua
news agency and other official media in Chinese.
An unnamed official from the SCIO said:
"Foreign companies operating in China must abide by Chinese
laws. Google has violated the written promise it made on
entering the Chinese market. It is totally wrong in halting
(censorship) filtering of its search provider and also making
aspersions and accusations towards China about hacking attacks.
We firmly oppose politicising commercial issues, and express our
dissatisfaction and anger at Google Inc's unreasonable
accusations and practices."
The official noted that Google announced its complaints over
China's censorship and hacking attacks from within the country
on Jan 12.
The official said: "After repeated requests from Google, and
to hear its real views face-to-face and demonstrate China's
sincerity, on January 29 and February 25 of this year
responsible officials from China's relevant authorities held
talks with Google, and offered patient and detailed explanations
about the issues raised."
The official said: "They stressed that foreign companies in
China should abide by Chinese laws, and if Google is willing to
abide by Chinese laws, we continue to welcome it operating and
developing in China. If Google insists on dismantling the search
service of its Chinese website, that is Google's own affair. But
it must follow Chinese law and international custom, and
responsibly handle the aftermath."
The official said: "The Chinese government encourages the
development and spread of the Internet, and promotes the opening
of the Internet to the outside (world). Discussion and
expression on China's Internet are very lively, and digital
commerce is developing rapidly. The facts demonstrate that China
has a healthy environment for investing in and developing the
Internet. China will unwaveringly adhere to a guiding policy of
opening up, and it welcomes participation by foreign businesses
in developing the Chinese Internet."
(Reporting by Chris Buckley)