Does the Chinese government try to minimize friction with Google?
According to the speech of the representative of the Ministry of Industry and Communication Technologies in China, Google’s Android will not be rejected, if it is “in compliance with Chinese laws and regulations and to cooperate with operators”, according to the Wall Street Journal. It is important to remember that the three main operators in China are owned by the state.
This is a way to appease the spirits with Google, noting that its choices will have no impact with respect to its presence in the Chinese market. Last week, Google had wanted to delay the launch of two Android smartphones Motorola and Samsung as it has considered not to be able to guarantee “the best user experience”.
Bill Gates’ speech, a reassuring solution:
Indeed, last Monday, Bill Gates said on ABC that “Chinese efforts to censor internet are limited. It is easy to circumvent”. He added that other states such as Germany practice censorship by filtering access to Nazi propaganda. He believes that people has to make a choice if they want to submit to the laws of the countries where they are or not. In case of negative answer, they have to “stop being present there”, he said.
This speech was approved by Chinese people who said that it will reduce friction with Google.