---- China Says Google "Will Pay The Consequences" For Not Complying
kaled - 10:00 pm on Mar 15, 2010 (gmt 0)
It makes no sense to criticize capitalism and praise the economic boom in China at the same time.
The boom in China is largely the result of demand in capitalist countries.
The demand is satisfied largely by capitalist enterprises.
Ok, the rules in which businesses have to operate are different to those in the West, but it is most definitely capitalism. Indeed, in many areas, you could say that the capitalism in China is far more extreme than in the West. For instance, there is far less regulation, fewer planning problems and little welfare for the poorest in society. And, then you have reckless construction of coal-powered generation, wanton destruction of natural habitats and massive pollution. If Western nations were equally irresponsible, we would either be in the middle of a global boom or mankind would be rapidly heading towards extinction, maybe both.
People often criticise the West (and the US in particular) for being bossy. However, China frequently threatens other countries economically and helps to maintain humanitarian catastrophes in such countries as North Korea and Burma. China will also prop up and arm any despotic regime willing to supply it with raw materials.
And returning to China being bossy - just a few weeks ago they tried telling the US President who he could talk to and who not to talk to - i.e. the Dalai Lama. If I'd been advising President Obama, I'd have told him to to diplomatically tell China to get stuffed.
Returning to the topic - Google - I definitely think that getting kicked out of China could make good business sense if the PR people handle it properly. It would also make the Chinese government look extremely authoritarian and considerable problems could ensue over time.