Google-Motorola Deal Is No Simple Matter for China

Google's Chinese headquarters in Beijing Photograph by Bernardo De Niz/Bloomberg

Google’s “Don’t Be Evil” image got a boost in 2010 when the company picked a fight with the Chinese government over the regime’s censorship policy. Fed up with alleged hacking of its computers by Chinese, the U.S. company announced it would no longer follow government rules censoring search results. Google started to redirect search queries to Hong Kong, where the “One Country, Two Systems” principle allows companies to be free of the sort of censorship rules that apply to the rest of China.

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