During his October 4 speech, United States Vice President Mike Pence renewed his anti-China sentiments. The Vice President spoke about his strong desire to counter China’s meddling in U.S affairs and relentless hacking into US intellectual properties.
Without mincing words, Pence asked Google to cease its plans for a China-friendly mobile version of its global search engine:
“More business leaders are thinking beyond the next quarter, and thinking twice before diving into the Chinese market if it means turning over their intellectual property or abetting Beijing’s oppression. But more must follow suit.
“For example, Google should immediately end development of the ‘Dragonfly’ app that will strengthen Communist Party censorship and compromise the privacy of Chinese customers.”
“Dragonfly” is reportedly a version of Google’s search engine that will be run by Beijing police-statists and is programmed to block social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, and cut Western news sources such as BBC or The New York Times.
This covert project sparked internal turmoil at the company grounds and employees sent letters of protest to management for being kept in the dark and prevented from making “ethically-informed decisions about our work, our projects, and our employment.”
Why single out Google, despite it being one of the most powerful companies in the U.S? With Trump’s Americanism or anti-globalist credo, Google’s attempt to further expand its clout in enemy territory, makes this tech giant a target.
Google’s reach effectively spans across the globe that Googleism can be the new face of Globalism. It accounts for 86% of all searches from every nook and cranny on earth and has become the backbone of man’s cyber existence.
President Donald Trump and Vice president Pence declared that Googleism should not be synonymous with globalism. They strongly believe that Google should put America first and cut its friendly ties with China.
The animosity between two powerful countries is growing by the minute and it would be wise for Google not to get caught in between.