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By Tony Kontzer  |  Posted 03-05-2010

8 Reasons Google Won't Leave China

Google does not like to lose-just ask Microsoft, Yahoo, and every other search hopeful it's bullied over the past 10 years.

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China does not like to lose-just ask Vietnam, North Korea, and every other country it's bullied during its history.

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Google risks too much by pulling out of China. We're talking 360 million Internet users fueling a $1 billion search market. And let's not forget the money Google could one day make selling search histories to Chinese intelligence agencies.

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China risks too much by sitting by and watching Google leave. Imagine how far back it will push Chinese efforts to convince the West that it's ready to be business friendly. And let's not forget the potential to monitor citizens should the government offer Google enough moola.

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Google needs to make good on its reputation. That whole "Don't be evil" thing shouldn't just apply to the search giant itself-Google needs to promote its noble philosophy in all of its dealings.

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China needs to update its reputation. That whole "evil empire" thing stemming from its human rights abuses in Tibet really doesn't work well for a country trying to grab a big piece of the global economic pie.

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Google flat out needs China. It's not just the huge market potential; it's the mere joy of having a worthy adversary. Microsoft and Yahoo don't seem up to the task, but Google could play dodge and parry with the Chinese government for years.

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China flat out needs Google. It's not just having access to a gateway to the Western economy; it's the powerful propaganda value of being able to show its people just how insolent Western companies can be.

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