Google incident and US Internet strategy

By Wen Guang (China Daily)
Updated: 2010-01-23 07:44
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Recently the Google incident became a much-publicized concern for many people. Part of the cause was the fact that Google has been a giant corporation of the world, with many interesting experiences during its development. However, another reason should be the involvement of US State Department. From her dining with Google executives at the beginning to her speech on Internet freedom on Thursday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could easily be seen in the process.

In fact, the Google incident has reflected the Internet strategy of the United States. The essence of the US Internet strategy is to exploit its advantages in Internet funds, technology and marketing, and export its politics, commerce and culture to other nations for political, commercial and cultural interests of the world's only superpower. This is not merely sales, but coerced trade under the disguise of protecting "universal values".

In this incident, Google has elaborately selected reasons and excuses of its threat of withdrawal from China. Opposition to cyber attacks and Internet censorship are good reasons in both political and non-political terms, for they not only take a high ground, but also fall in line with the impression of China constructed for quite some time by Western media for their public. Without disguise, this is employed directly for the United States to carry out its Internet strategy.

However these excuses cannot hold water. Just as many people pointed out through the Internet and other media outlets, Google has no evidence at all to prove it was intruded by hackers supported by the Chinese government.

In fact, cyber attacks by hackers are an everyday phenomenon to so many websites and corporations; and as a giant corporation operating worldwide, Google has no reasonable logic to overact on the attacks and pour dirty water on the Chinese government.

Besides, Internet censorship is also common in many countries. Isn't there any Internet censorship in the United States? Can Google not accept censorship in countries like Germany, France and India? Isn't it true that even in the United States, the homeland of Google, certain government agencies are also reported of often entering a massive number of personal e-mail accounts with certain excuses?

In a sense, the Google incident is only one pawn on the sandboard of the US Internet strategy; the United States is obviously seeking Internet hegemony. The United States is trying to make people believe that in the Internet age, there are only "high seas" without "territorial waters".

While on the "high seas", the United States, as a nation with superior power, can implement factual control in this Internet world. Therefore, it believes the Internet can be employed to establish hegemony which may be more difficult to achieve through other means. Internet freedom, though, could serve as a handy and disposable camouflage of today.

(China Daily 01/23/2010 page5)