In December 26th, 2014, a date to remember for all the Google services users in China. The netizens in China, especially Gmail users received a poisoned gift from China : the complete blocking of all Google services.
Google is completely out of the picture in China
Indeed, we suppose that China and particularly GoldenShield, the Chinese firewall, decided to fully block the Google services for reasons still unknown. However there only suppositions given because Hua Chunying, Chinese Government Spokesperson asserts not knowing the cause of the blocking and thus, rejects all liability and declares at the same time that Beijing will supply as soon as possible the best help necessary for the foreign investors in China. However, many people remain skeptical about this statement due to the existing tensions between Google an China. One thing is certain though, the blocking is not caused by any technical problem coming from Google services.
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Historical events, internal politics or outside causes?
Let us remember that since 2010, annoyed by the relentless censorship of the Chinese government and the attacks on Chinese fighting for human rights, the multinational Google preferred to leave China (Google.cn) and go to Hong-Kong (Google.com.hk) considered more advantageous legally . Nevertheless, some of its products such as YouTube or Picasa continue to be blocked in China. It was true that since June 2014, the 25th anniversary of events that happened in 1989, an event considered taboo by Beijing, and heavily censored, especially around the time of the anniversary in China. Censorship that is still there by the way.
The consequences for foreign investors in China
According to some, the purpose of this scheme would be to weaken on both national and international the Google presence. China persist to have the power and the last word on the internet. New York Time declared at first that “no solid proof shows that China completely blocked Gmail” but named the Chinese State of “totalitarian State” in an article. Still farther, the American ministry spokesman, Jeff Rathke, mentioned wanting the cessation of the Gmail blocking and in the same time called reminded in China the fatal image they send to foreign companies considering these various blockings.
This new blow carried on multinationals will have some significant economic impacts . In fact, its message service Gmail distinguished itself from the competitors and satisfy the consumers request to raise the first place. Of course, it also pulls a reduction on the traffic.
In answer to this blocking Chinese and foreigners alike expressed annoyance about this blocking. Demonstrations from angry Chinese demanded this Monday, the return of Gmail.
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It is true that since last year, internet was the refuge of many criticisms of the regime and thus that is the reason why the Chinese communist party controlled it completely. Still arrests took place this year against Internet users and journalists
Since Google is now completely out of the picture is has become even more vitally important for foreign companies to rely on Chinese search engines and the services. However they are completely different and need to be considered as brand new entities. If you want to go into the Chinese market you must know how to use these new search engines like Baidu or 360 among others.
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