There's been a lot of news about China and the search engines that are operating in China. Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and other companies are rapidly expanding products and services to China. Google
and Yahoo's policies for operating in China seem to include censorship not found anywhere else in the world. Recently Yahoo was called out for contributing to the arrest of a Chinese journalist
. In 1989 the Berlin wall
came down signaling the beginning of the end for Soviet Russia
. Many factors contributed to how Russia broke free of communism
. I believe that the financial and military restrictions that were imposed on Russia were the cause of the eventual fall of communism
in that country. In a sense the rest of the world starved Russia out of its communist methods of government. I feel that today we are making a grave mistake by increasing business transactions with China. China needs to feel the pain
just as Russia did. I fear that our strong desires to operate in China will only encourage its control and sustain it from the same failure that impacted Russia. I feel that the only way we can encourage change in China is to bring them to their economic knees like Russia. Then business can help bring China into the world market.
One defense that companies like Yahoo use is that they have employees in China and if they were to refuse to cooperate their employees could end up in jail. That's one more reason why the government of China shouldn't receive any more support from U.S. and other foreign business. We need to change our attitude towards China until they change their governmental practices. Clearly time is needed to create this kind of change. Perhaps I suggest the impossible
since most multinational corporations really don't care about this kind of stuff, they only care about the bottom line.