On Thursday, top defense officials stated Google’s work in China is serving their interests directly.
GENERAL JOSEPH DUNFORD: The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, “The work that Google is doing in China is indirectly benefiting the Chinese military.”
“We watch with great concern when industry partners work in China knowing there is that indirect benefit…And frankly, ‘indirect’ may not be a full characterization of the way it really is, it’s more of a direct benefit to the Chinese military,” he added.
SECRETARY PATRICK SHANAHAN: Shanahan said, “The fusion of commercial business with military is significant, “Five trillion dollars of their economy is state-owned enterprises, so the technology that is developed in the civil world is transferred to the military world.”
“It’s a direct pipeline,” he added.
GOOGLE: Google decided not to work for the Pentagon do to the the prospect that their technology might be used for lethal purposes. Reportedly, Google had been working on a project to develop a search engine that would comply with China’s censorship regime.
GOOGLE SPOKESPERSON: A google spokesperson echoed what the CEO of google gave to Congress in December, “As an American company, we cherish the values and freedoms that have allowed us to grow and serve so many users.”
“I am proud to say we do work, and we will continue to work, with the government to keep our country safe and secure,” the spokesperson added.
CONCLUSION: The Joint Chiefs of Staff committee states that Google’s work in China is helping and serving the Chinese military. As of now, China has been the adversary of the U.S. and the top officials of the U.S. will crack down if an American company, like Google, complies with China, a partner of the U.S. not an ally. Google had nothing . to say besides the same script from the CEO regarding Dunford’s statement.
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