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Video: Google-China Negotiations Hit Impasse

We have obtained secret footage of last-ditch negotiations between the Beijing government and Google officials, trying to stave off a confrontation (but sadly failing).

By (@tynanwrites)

March 23, 2010

It’s game on in the war between Google and China. The advertising giant has finally made good on its vow to uncensor its Chinese search engine, and the nuclear giant is making good on its vow to go Oriental on Google’s ass.

Google.cn now redirects to Google.com.hk, as the search engine set up shop in nearby Hong Kong. Not that this matters a whole lot to the Chinese people, as most of the results still won’t make it past the Great Firewall.

(Note to Google: We know you guys don’t get out much, but just in case you blew off that world history course in college you should be aware that Hong Kong is a) now controlled by mainland China, and 2) crawling with Chinese people, many of whom are quite chummy with the Beijing government. Just FYI.)

China has responded by forcing the two largest Chinese mobile companies to yank their deals with Google for search engine placement and Android phones. Also, if your email address contains "google.com," we wouldn’t recommend ordering the Beef Brisket in Wikipedia Flavor from your local take out joint any time soon.

The companies spent weeks periodically trying to negotiate their way out of this mess, but to no avail.

eSarcasm has obtained exclusive hidden camera footage of the last round of negotiations between representatives from the Beijing government and Google China. (We’d tell you how, but we’d have to kill you.) We hired a linguist to translate and create subtitles for clarity. We think it tells you everything you need to know about the Google-China affair.

Google China logo originally by PointFiveBlog by way of Apple-Investor.com.

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  • A month ago, NQ Logic predicted that Google will move out of China. Today saw Google officially transplanting its Chinese base to its Hong Kong facilities. This value clash between an Internet company and an information-controlled country will continue to be present at every Multinational Technology executive board, and with Google’s disclosure, other U.S. technology companies will have a harder time to explain why they are still doing business in China.

    For a better and complete understanding of the situation, NQ Logic encourages you to read “Google Vs. China” at http://www.nqlogic.com

    • Well, that's all fine and dandy, but where can I find a good corned beef sandwich around here?

      • JR, does Baidu have a restaurant search capability?

        • I'm not sure — every time I try searching for “hot and beefy” or “moist taco,” the results somehow get censored.

  • I'm not sure — every time I try searching for “hot and beefy” or “moist taco,” the results somehow get censored.

  • Butterflyearringsaregreat

    so what if China is called a country ruled by a ‘dictator’ and information is sensored?  Go to China yourself and search on the internet; then you’ll know if it’s censored or not!  People living in China do not have a problem with it, so what is all this fuss about?  Mind your own business and stop budging in to tell other countries what they should do!  Despite having all these problems that the western world sees, China is still rising; that is what matters to the Chinese people: the pride in saying that I am Chinese!