Google vs. China

Is anyone else following this story?

Google has redirected google.cn to point at their Hong Kong servers which far less restrictions on search results. I am not clear on the law differences between Hong Kong and Mainland China but apparently this was a major slap in the face to China. The Chinese are pissed. The Chinese retooled the Great Firewall of China to post-filter the results coming from google.com.hk.

This has major business implications for American businesses in China. I have to admire Google’s stance. But I have no idea where this is going to go. The Chinese aren’t going to appreciate the big, fat middle finger and Google is going to lose buckets of money. It looks like a lose-lose proposition to me.

We’ll see.