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Google and Yahoo tread carefully in Beijing row [China]

Author: James Politi & Richard Waters, Financial Times, Published on: 21 August 2008

Since the end of last year, the California First Amendment Coalition…has been pushing the Bush administration to launch a trade dispute against China on internet censorship…A petition the group has filed with the Office of the US Trade Representative argues that American internet service providers were being severely damaged by restrictions placed on internet usage by Beijing…[But] the petition has not won clear industry support…Privately, some internet executives say they are wary of taking sides with CFAC, given what they see as its hard line on internet censorship in China. Pushing publicly to make it the basis of a trade case would be seen as direct antagonism by the Chinese government, according to one…Yahoo said it was reviewing the proposal, but did not have a position…A Google spokesman said his company supported the idea that censorship should be seen as a trade barrier and should be included in negotiations, but added that it did not have an official position on the CFAC petition. [also refers to Baidu, Alibaba]

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Related companies: Alibaba.com Baidu Google (part of Alphabet) Yahoo! (part of Verizon)