China Threatens Google
Beijing Raises Tension in Censorship Spat: 'You Are Unfriendly and Irresponsible'
MARCH 13, 2010
By JASON DEAN, GEOFFREY A. FOWLER And AARON BACK
A top Chinese minister warned Google Inc. "will have to bear the consequences" if it stops filtering its search results in China, suggesting there is little room for compromise in the high-profile showdown over censorship.
Friday's remarks were the sharpest words yet in an unusual duel that could set a precedent for international business in the country and could escalate tensions between the U.S. and Chinese governments.
Google made an extraordinary public reproach of China on Jan. 12 by announcing it intended to stop following government requirements that it filter the results of its Chinese search engine, google.cn, and could leave the world's biggest market of Internet users. The U.S. company cited China's tightening limits on free expression as well as a series of sophisticated cyber attacks that Google said originated from China...