China tells Google to obey laws after exit threat

Google must obey China’s laws and traditions, Beijing said Tuesday, an indication officials won’t budge in negotiations after the search giant threatened to pull out of the country if Internet restrictions aren’t relaxed.

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Published: Tue 19 Jan 2010, 5:16 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:46 AM

The comments from Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu were the first from Beijing that referred directly to Google Inc. since it threatened to shut down its China-based site over censorship and alleged e-mail hacking.

“Foreign enterprises in China need to adhere to China’s laws and regulations, respect the interests of the general public and cultural traditions and shoulder corresponding responsibilities. Google is no exception,” Ma said.

Google’s announcement Jan. 12 that it might quit the huge Chinese market shocked the international business community and cheered man

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