Much like it did when the company was making the decision to shut down google.cn so as not to be part of China's Internet censorship and the resulting human rights violations, Google is asking the United States and European Union to put pressure on China to end the practice, calling it an unfair trade barrier..
Wednesday, The Canadian Press quoted Google attorney David Drummond this way:
Censorship, in addition to being a human rights problem, is a trade barrier. If you look at what China does - the censorship...is also used as a way of keeping multinational companies disadvantaged in the market.
But rather than pressing for a case against China before the World Trade Organization, this time Drummond thinks new trade rules are in order. He said:
Under a lot of trade rules, there's still this notion that domestic media markets should be off limits to trade and that's got to change.
To that end, Drummond has been trying to persuade the U.S., French and German governments, as well as the European Union executive, to press with China the problems its Internet restrictions pose. But as CP writer Aoife White points out, EU officials constantly speak out against human rights violations in China - usually to no avail.
Like I said yesterday, China just doesn't care. I'm not even convinced a case before the WTO would make a difference.