Modest proposal: not just Google, but every single multinational company offering online products and services should get out of China. Not as an embargo designed to force improvements in human rights, but out of self-interest. Why operate in a country that is determined to interfere with the core operations of your business, engage in nationally-sponsored industrial espionage directed at your most sensitive internal operations, impede the development of your market, and is just using your company until it can manage to wrangle some technology transfer to pseudo-parastatal dopplegangers?
Manufacture there if it makes sense. But don’t bother trying to sell products and services.
Microsoft, out. Yahoo, out. Blizzard, out. Everybody. You’re all being played for chumps. Now, if that move coincidentally happened to help a push for political liberalization, that’s a silver lining.