Google’s ingenious move to say it will offer an uncensored search engine in China if it can, or withdraw altogether if it can’t, is to be applauded.
It also reveals the spirit of the previous agreement: ‘define the rules and let me operate freely within them’. And suggests that the Chinese government was behind the attempts to access GMail accounts.
If all that is so it means that Chinese national sovereignty may be maintained at the expense of trust. That is going to be costly for everyone. It is not a long term solution.