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By marcwan

The big news in recent days, of course, has been Google shutting off their Chinese internet service and redirecting all traffic to their Hong Kong servers. In general, they’ve been getting pilloried for this decision — nobody seems to buy Sergei Brin’s argument that this is about persecution such as that faced by his father in Russia decades back. Why didn’t they worry about this in 2006 when they first came to China? Nobody can find anything good coming out of this situation. R.I.P or good riddance [link]
Congress On China: Google Gets A Big Wet Kiss. Microsoft Is “Enabling Tyranny” [link]
Why Google should stay in China [link]
Disingenuous piece on Google China (all of the examples he states came to light because of Google IN China): [link]
Opposing view: Google’s big mistake [link]
Analysis: Google-China flap déjà vu for Microsoft [link]
The Google Shuffle and the Hong Kong Twist [link]
Brin Drove Google to Pull Back in China [link]
Google Isn’t China’s Problem. Press Freedom Is. [link]
Baidu is just a bad company [link]

More general links on China’s economy, the RMB, and the other big case this week, the Rio Tinto case (where a complete and utter lack of transparency alarmed more than a few people):

Property prices to see steady climb [link]
ANALYSIS-China’s influence silences Asia on yuan peg [link]
Volvo Seeks to Wean China Officials From Audis to Boost Sales [link]
The Chinese legal system and the Stern Hu case [link]
Stern Hu’s trial and its legal and economic implications – Weekly editorial [link]
Life in Chinese prison (Rio Tinto) [link]

And finally some other stuff, including the huge drought facing much of the country since last autumn (which we weren’t allowed to talk about until about a week ago because nobody wanted to be a buzz kill for the National Day celebrations last October or for Spring Festival this February.

What’s it like being black in China? [link]
Now that Spring festival is over, we’re allowed to talk about this: [link]
Beijing to sweeten stench of rubbish crisis with giant deodorant guns [link]
Shanghai restricts sale of knives during Expo [link]
People, people everywhere in China, and not enough to work [link]
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Jun 04, 2006 | 17:46:06
Google Blocked in China
By marcwan

Living in China for the last few months has been surprisingly hassle-free Internet-wise. In the living room here I’ve got a 768k DSL connection, and the government blocking of sites has not been too big of a deal, given that I often don’t do much more than read or check email.

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