China ensures spat with Google is off the agenda
Published 01/02/2010 | 05:00
GOOGLE'S opposition to censorship in China was left off the table in Davos -- because the Chinese didn't want it to be discussed.
China's vice-premier Li Keqiang made that very clear, according to Josef Ackermann, the boss of Deutsche Bank and a co-chairman of this year's World Economic Forum.
He added, however, that Google itself had also "backed off a little bit".
Google chief executive Eric Schmidt didn't bring up the subject of China, a market that will account for €430m of his company's sales this year, according to JPMorgan Chase.
Last month, Google said it had been the subject of a "highly sophisticated" attack on its systems and that the gmail accounts of Chinese human-rights activists had been specifically targeted.
Davos participants debated technological topics, including social networking, but the conflict between China and Google never featured, even in a panel on the global dimensions of China's growth.