Chinese Business Environment Stifles Competition

Google’s recent withdraw from China’s massive search engine market underscored the tense business climate in China for Western businesses.

Internet giant Google, Inc. and domain-name registration company GoDaddy Group—which recently stopped selling .cn Web addresses—encountered difficulties in doing business in China without becoming complicit in its censorship on the Internet and the monitoring of its citizens’ free expression.

Another aspect of China’s censorship is free trade.

“Internet censorship not only raises important human rights concerns, but also creates significant barriers for U.S. companies doing business abroad,” said Alan Davidson, Google’s Director of Public Policy, at a recent hearing of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) in Washington. Read more.