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China Using Net Censorship As a Trade Weapon? 111

angry tapir writes "The Chinese government is using Internet censorship as a trade weapon against U.S. tech companies trying to do business there. China's ongoing censorship of the Internet is applied unevenly, with foreign companies often facing stricter rules than their Chinese counterparts, said Ed Black, president and CEO of the Computer and Communications Industry Association, to the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China. (Of course, a lot of countries aren't thrilled by U.S. net censorship efforts.)"
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China Using Net Censorship As a Trade Weapon?

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  • Tariff the B@stards! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Tablizer ( 95088 ) on Friday November 18, 2011 @12:24PM (#38099438) Journal

    Enough playing Tiddly Wings with China. Tariff them until our trade between them balances. If we keep rewarding lopsided trade, it will keep happening.

    Plus, the US gov't can use the revenue right now.

  • No big deal (Score:5, Interesting)

    by koan ( 80826 ) on Friday November 18, 2011 @12:24PM (#38099444)

    They fear outside influence on their populace, but the truth is China will eat its self politically from the inside out, you can not give your population a "taste" of capitalism and expect to maintain the same level of political control, it doesn't work.
    So rather than outside influences driving the change it will be the inside influences that do this, they went from “Practice Marxism and not Revisionism” to “Praise profit. Praise profit. Praise profit. Praise profit. Praise profit.”

    We live in interesting times.

  • Re:WTO sanctions (Score:4, Interesting)

    by SuricouRaven ( 1897204 ) on Friday November 18, 2011 @12:35PM (#38099558)
    That would be difficult, given that China is a member of the WTO. Have been for ten years. A quite influencial member at that. If the WTO did set such restrictions, they would doubtless include a vague statement along the lines of 'States have a right to protect their cultural values through appropriate regulation' that could be interpreted as a licence for China to do whatever they like.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 18, 2011 @12:36PM (#38099576)

    Nothing unsightly has been done by the US in the last 100 years, that China or Russia have not been outdone several times over in the last 50... Our moral ground is as high as ever compared to the rest of the world's (super)powers.

    Game over.

  • by number17 ( 952777 ) on Friday November 18, 2011 @02:00PM (#38100768)
    Back in 1998, Bob, head of the US company ACME, outsourced manufacturing to China. Bob loved this as his costs went down and his profits went up. He's now living the American dream.

    Tablizer, says lets tariff them and Obama agrees.

    Bob now has to pay a tax (tariff) on the goods he manufactures in China. Bob really likes living the American dream. In fact he's currently on an expedition to the North Pole. Moving production back to the US sounds like work for no gain. "Raise the prices" he says. "I'm too busy right now."

    The End.

The moon may be smaller than Earth, but it's further away.