Google shouldn’t re-open its Chinese branch if the country continues to repress what kind of information is available to its citizens, holds the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board. The tech giant appears to be tempted by the profits of the world’s biggest consumer market. However, it should follow its own moral standards, which it employed when leaving the country in 2010. Undermining freedom of speech and assisting in the Chinese government’s historical revisionism is not worth the extra income that Google seeks. In going back to China, the company would become an enabler of the government’s repression of its citizens.
There are several good reasons for Google to return to China, reports Shannon Liao of The Verge. First off, it would be far from the first tech giant to go to the country and accept local regulations; Apple already operates there. While China engages in questionable censorship practices, its market of 772 million internet users is highly valuable in an increasingly connected online ecosystem. The rise of Artificial Intelligence is also a major factor. Getting into the Chinese market would allow Google to recruit talented engineers, ensuring its long-lasting competitiveness. This is important to the US as a country, as it risks falling behind China in this field.