Bloomberg |January 15, 2010 | 12:44 EST
The U.S. will issue a formal protest to the Chinese government over the cyber attack on Google Inc. that the company says originated from China. “We will be issuing a formal demarche in Beijing,” likely early next week, to express U.S. concern about the incident, State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley said in Washington. In the protest, the U.S. will demand that China explain the attack that Mountain View, California-based Google says targeted its Web site and the e-mail accounts of Chinese dissidents.
Google, which owns the most popular Internet search engine, has said it plans to stop censoring results in China and may leave the Chinese market over the attack. The Chinese Embassy in Washington couldn’t immediately be reached for comment on the planned U.S. action. David Shear, the deputy assistant secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific, met with the Chinese Embassy’s deputy chief of mission in Washington yesterday to express concern and ask questions. Shear didn’t receive answers to his questions, according to a U.S. official who requested anonymity. Google said the attack, which occurred last month, included theft of its intellectual property and hacking into the e-mail accounts of rights activists, and that it targeted at least 20 other “large” companies in technology, finance and chemicals. Continue reading
CNN | Washington | January 14, 2010 | 06:18 PM ET
A group of Republican lawmakers Thursday called on three U.S. information technology giants to follow Google Inc.’s (GOOG) lead and conduct a full review of their business operations in China. The lawmakers urged executives at Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO), Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and Yahoo Inc. (YHOO) to engage in a similar review of their presences in China, saying not to do so is effectively “complicity with this kind of evil.” The calls came as a senior White House official said it was too soon to determine what the impact on U.S.-China relations would be as a result of Google’s actions. “I think it’s honestly too early to assess what all the effects will be,” National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers said.
“My sense would be that as the transformation from an industrial economy to a knowledge economy goes on, the free flow of information becomes more central, not just as a political issue, but as an economic issue,” Summers told a small group of reporters. “So it seems to me that the principles that Google is trying to uphold are not just important in a moral and human rights framework but are also of very considerable economic importance. I think one can see that.” Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.) said Google’s move reminded him of U.S. companies withdrawing from South Africa during the Apartheid Era, rather than helping to serve the motives of that regime. “I urge others in the business community who have found themselves victim of China’s spying and flagrant intellectual property violations…to join Google and speak out and take action,” Wolf said at a press conference on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Continue reading