Beijing – China has indicated that companies
doing business in the country must abide by its laws, in response to Google’s (NASD:  GOOG)
announcement that it would no longer censor search results in the country and
is contemplating a full retreat from the company. Google’s move comes after the
company suffered a cyberattack on its Gmail service in which the accounts of
Chinese human rights activists were breached. "China
welcomes international Internet enterprises to conduct business in China according
to law," was the response from Jiang Yu, a spokeswoman for the country’s
Foreign Ministry.

Google, Yahoo and other companies have set up shop in China, but have
to this point allows their search results to be censored by the Chinese

Google now says it may opt to withdraw its business from the
company in its entirety.

"Google leaving China
makes people sad, but accepting censorship to stay in China and abandoning its ‘Don’t Be
Evil’ principles is more than just sad," Teng Biao, a law professor and
human rights lawyer who says his Gmail account was hacked, wrote on his blog,
The New York Times reported.

"The recent cyberintrusion that Google
attributes to China
is troubling, and the federal government is looking into it," Nicholas
Shapiro, a White House spokesman, told The Times.


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