President of People's Daily Online He Jiazheng speaks on Internet freedom:
The Google-China dispute shows a strategic position change of the United States. In the past, the United States maintained its global hegemony relying on its use of force. But now, its national strength has been dramatically undermined by the global financial crisis and a couple of "anti-terrorism" wars it has engaged in. So it is shifting its strategic focus from the military to the Internet.
It is against this backdrop that Google becomes a tool of the country's Internet hegemony.
What makes a multinational company as big as Google intervene in the security and social policies of another sovereign state? Obviously, the case is not as simple as corporate decision-making of a business, but an act driven by other hidden factors.
A common principle for a multinational corporation to run its business is that the company is expected to obey the laws and systems of the local country, such as China. Similarly, the local country also has a principle while bringing in foreign companies, that is, the process should comply with its laws and systems. And, that principle of abiding by local laws is the bottom line, which cannot be undermined.
From People's Daily Online
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