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November 02, 2007

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Shefaly

"Would things have turned out differently if the Chinese journalist had not used any Yahoo! properties? Or would Google have also caved in to Chinese pressure?"

This at once is and is not a hypothetical question. The end game for all profit-making firms is to gain access to the Chinese market for their own products and as far as I can see, the product range of neither Yahoo nor Google includes 'democratic values'.

Considering Google caved in to pressure to censor search results - you cannot use Google.cn to find information about the Dalai Lama or about Tiananmen Square - past behaviour would suggest that Google would have caved in.

The question to ask is this:

Can the Alien Torts Claims Act be used by an independent party to sue Yahoo in American Federal Courts?

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