VP Pence calls on Google to end work on a search engine for China

On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence called for Google to end its development of a search engine custom built to accommodate Chinas disposition for censorship.
Pence gave the speech at conservative think tank in D.C., dipping into a range of anti-Beijing sentiments, from intellectual property concerns to tariffs and the trade war. Pence didnt mince words, calling on Google to abandon its plans for a China-friendly mobile version of its otherwise ubiquitous search engine.
Pence accused any company with plans to work around Chinese internet restrictions of abetting Beijings oppression and didnt hesitate to call the search giant out by name.
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 Beijings 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
More journalists are reporting the truth without fear or favor, and digging deep to find where China is interfering in our society, and why and we hope that more American, and global, news organizations will join in this effort.
More scholars are speaking out forcefully and defending academic freedom, and more universities and think tanks are mustering the courage to turn away Beijings easy money, recognizing that every dollar comes with a corresponding demand. Were confident that more will join their ranks.
And across the nation, the American people are growing in vigilance, with a newfound appreciation for our administrations actions to re-set Americas economic and strategic relationship with China, to finally put America First.
Pences full remarks are available on the Hudson Institutes website.
Googles covert project, known as Dragonfly, is reportedly a version of the search engine that blocks forbidden sites like Facebook and Twitter, censors search terms like the Tiananmen Square massacre and cuts out prominent Western news sources like the BBC and the New York Times. The project, first reported by the Intercept, sparked internal turmoil at the company and a letter of protest from employees who felt too in the dark to make ethically-informed decisions about our work, our projects, and our employment.
Google drama aside, Pences tough talk on China might be politically expedient bluster, but its not without irony: The Trump administration has repeatedly expressed its outright contempt for a free press, a hallmark of an aggressively restrictive government like China. Pences derision of Chinas unparalleled surveillance state is also fairly rich, given domestic policy on warrantless surveillance.
The vice president also took the opportunity to refresh controversial claims that China is meddling in the U.S. midterm elections, echoing language often used to describe Russias substantiated election interference efforts. President Trump suggested as much last week, claiming that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election, coming up in November, against my administration. Yesterday, Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen declined to endorse the presidents unsubstantiated claims, noting that China pursues a holistic approach to cultivating a positive image in the U.S.

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