Thursday, March 25, 2010
Based on a sample of two companies, Google and GoDaddy, we can construct a profile of what kinds of companies might also leave China. In both cases, these companies offer Internet services to the Chinese public used for exercising Article 19 human rights. And in both cases, the Internet business is more than 95 percent of the total business attempted in China. Based on this profile, any company based outside of China that offers any sort of online communications service that might be used for expressing or "consuming" political, cultural or historical ideas as its sole or main business is a candidate for imminent departure.
My prediction is that Yahoo will be the next major company to announce a pull-out or scale back of operations in China. Go here to read the whole story.