Pence is absolutely correct on this one. We’ve been posting on the Google/Chinese censored Internet partnership for a few weeks now.
How could a company, an American company, a company that once had the motto “Don’t Be Evil,” (it has dropped the motto officially) partner with the authoritarian crony capitalist communist party of China?
Well, it’s the same reason the Catholic Church has allowed Beijing to appoint bishops. There’s opportunity in China and everyone is afraid of missing out.
Plus the Chinese Communist Party knows how to play ball. China is the Ultimate Crony Capitalist State. There’s lots of money to be made, with significant crony perks if Google creates what Xi and company want.
It’s worth noting also that Google threw it’s considerable cyber weight behind Hillary Clinton. Imagine if she had won whether we’d be hearing any criticism of Google in China. Not likely.
(From The Wall Street Journal)
In a speech that outlined the White House’s long list of frustrations and grievances with Beijing, Vice President Mike Pence called on companies to reconsider business practices in the world’s second-largest economy that involve turning over intellectual property or “abetting Beijing’s oppression.”
“For example, Google should immediately end development of the Dragonfly app that will strengthen Communist Party censorship and compromise the privacy of Chinese customers,” Mr. Pence said in his speech at the Hudson Institute, a conservative, Washington-based think tank focused on security and economic issues.