Google, google, gone!
As of this morning, my computer's search engine started suggesting websites in Chinese characters. Why? Well, Google finally pulled out of China today, boldly refusing to self-censor it's search results (at least that's the reason they are giving). So now typing "Google.com" forces me to the uncensored (but illegible to me) Hong Kong website. What effect will this have on China and the Chinese people? Well the Government has, of course, reasserted it's right to censor whatever it pleases, and the vast majority of Chinese people use "BaiDu" anyway - a Chinese search engine. So no floods of tears amongst the populace here. And fortunately, after some deviousness, I've found an easy way to access "Google.co.uk", so perhaps I won't be too affected anyway.
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Paul Hider lives and works in Kunming (SW China) and regularly updates this blog about his life there.
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