Today, US legislators called Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to the carpet for aiding the Chinese Government in jailing innocent people and censoring the Internet.
And they mentioned the attack on Yuan Li. Which you can read my previous blog post about.
I know corporate America is interested in ever growing profits and in tapping into the Chinese market place, but it simply is not worth it if the tradeoff is a degredation of human rights or a slackening of western standards on human rights.
As you have probably heard everyone echo by now, the Google corporate line is, “Do no evil”. Yet, censoring the Internet is doing evil. Google claims it has chosen the lesser of two evils. But they seem to forget that they could say no to China and not choose evil at all.
There are clever individuals in China that can get around the great firewall of China and can help others to do so. Ultimately, I don’t think Google would lose out by taking a tough stance with China. There is always the lure of forbidden fruit to those Chinese who want to get past the censored version of the Internet.
China is one country against many as far as human rights standards go. We can urge them to do things in a more humanitarian way. And that is very, very important. China needs our help in this regard and more importantly, the average man and woman in China needs our help in this regard as they are the ones that will bear the brunt of the human rights violations.
China needs to change. We cannot allow them to use free (forced) labor that comes from those they jail to make our Christmas tree lights anymore. They have a double incentive for putting people into forced labor camps. 1. They get rid of those who point out regime atrocities and 2. they get additional free labor to capitalize from.
It is a sick, negative loop that needs to end. The persecution of Falun Gong and other groups. needs to come to an end. It is time that the Chinese Communist Party either change its ways or step down entirely.