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China v. Google: Beijing fights back

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Kaiser Kuo, a Beijing-based technology consultant and writer, has been watching the Google fallout closely and said so many factors are still at play, it’s difficult to guess what might happen.

“One can only speculate what will happen in the event of a Google withdrawal,” said Kuo.

“If it's limited to just the shuttering of, I don't think changes will be terribly profound,” he said. “But if Google decamps in an atmosphere of real acrimony and Beijing decides to block, Gmail, Google Docs, Google Earth and the whole slew of services, that's another story entirely, and it really will be damaging to the access to information that the ordinary Chinese internet user has.”

Adding to the intrigue, Google has remained quiet since it dropped the bomb on Jan. 12, saying it was no longer willing to censor its search results in China, and it would attempt to negotiate a resolution with the government.

So far, it’s anyone’s guess whether Google will be part of China’s internet world.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct one of the references to the Foreign Ministry spokesman.