NYT: China Counters Google position. Partners begin divorce proceedings

NYT: China Counters Google position. Partners begin divorce proceedings

Summary: The New York Times reports that two major mobile phone partners are breaking ties with Google. As the government clamps down on Google, more Chinese companies are severing partnership deals.

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The New York Times reports that two major mobile phone partners are breaking ties with Google. As the government clamps down on Google, more Chinese companies are severing partnership deals.  The government has also broken several network connections that redirect Google's .cn domain to .hk site in Hong Kong.

China's biggest cellular communications company, China Mobile, was expected to cancel a deal that had placed Google's search engine on its mobile Internet home page, used by millions of people daily. In interviews, business executives close to industry officials said the company was planning to scrap the deal under government pressure, despite the fact that China Mobile has yet to contract with a replacement.

Similarly, China's second-largest mobile company, China Unicom, was said by analysts and others to have delayed or killed the imminent introduction of a cellphone based on Google's Android platform. One major Internet portal, Tom.com, already had ceased using Google to power its search engine.

As Google continues  into unknown territory, it will face pressure to adhere to Chinese law (right now) or leave completely - including Hong Kong. There's no faster way to anger the Chinese leadership than continuing to argue in public why Google believes its policies are in the public interests. The marriage didn't last long. Even the prenuptial is being torn up. This is going to be an ugly and very celebrity style public divorce.

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Topics: Browser, Banking, Google, Government, Government US, Hardware, Mobility, China

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  • Google should sue them

    for breach of contract and also file some patent lawsuits against them to prevent the parners entering the US market.
    Linux Geek
    • ...never seen a lawsuit succeed in China

      Check out the process how a company enters China
      and operate there;

      http://www.doingbusiness.org/exploretopics/startin
      gbusiness/Details.aspx?economyid=42
      doug.hanchard@...
  • This should be seen as a cautionary tale.

    All those who still believe that giving up freedom for dollars is a sustainable way to riches should be paying close attention.
    Great Kahuna
  • Time has come to start asking hard questions.

    Those Western companies that choose to remain in China despite the fact that clearly they do not stand a chance to maintain Western standards on the services they provide there should be questioned as to the quality of their decisions.

    Western companies have no chance to compete successfully in China, and worse, they have no chance to lead their own destinies there.

    Regulators and shareholders alike should be asking hard questions of those companies.
    Great Kahuna
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