The relationship between China and Google has been a rather turbulent one. The search giant was forced to stop work in the region for quite some time, was blocked and eventually restored and now, the relations are somewhat normal between the two. However, now the Chinese authorities have blocked access to Google’s freshly-launched cloud storage service called Google Drive.
The Chinese regime tends to enjoy the export of its products and services to the rest of the world but when companies from the rest of the world try to enter the country, Chinese authorities have often obstructed it, only so that local Chinese companies may not face any competition.
It is nearly the same situation in this case too. Of course the officially stated reason by China would be that services such as Google Drive or Drop box are somehow a security threat (that’s the easiest and most effective excuse) and thus, they can’t be allowed into the country. On the contrary, local cloud storage services such as Baidu’s Wangpan is all right and allowed to be offered in the region. Wangpan is currently offering 25 GB of free online storage.
China needs to understand that opening up can’t be one-sided. Whereas yes, the West in particular has also profited a lot from low-cost Chinese production mode, China is still to adopt a more open culture towards overseas technological companies. It seems to be guarding its own technological companies by resorting to elimination of competition, which is a rather unfair way of blocking access to multiple services for people.
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