April 13, 2006
Google Chief Rejects Pressuring China
From today's NYT:
BEIJING, April 12 — Google's chief executive, Eric E. Schmidt, whose company has been sharply criticized for complying with Chinese censorship, said on Wednesday that the company had not lobbied to change the censorship laws and, for now, had no plans to do so.
"I think it's arrogant for us to walk into a country where we are just beginning operations and tell that country how to run itself," Mr. Schmidt told reporters from foreign news organizations.
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Interesting stat from this article:
China already has more than 111 million Internet users, the second-highest number in the world, after the United States, and this is growing quickly. Mr. Schmidt said he expected China to become one of Google's most important markets, even though it still accounted for a small slice of overall revenue. He said the same was true when Google entered other foreign markets, including those in Europe, where revenue has jumped as users became familiar with the company's services.
Looks as though Google is expanding but also may be doing some outsourcing too.