Baidu is often described in the press as China's "home-grown" internet portal. But its stock trades on the NASDAQ exchange. And it is today majority-owned by institutional investors with names like Fidelity and Morgan Stanley.
A lot of coverage on Google's announcement has pointed out that it has a minority of the market in China. But Google's users tend to be among China's elite: academics, businesspeople, and other professionals
If we don't stand up to bullies like this, it won't end until bland, stale programming, not targeted to anyone in particular, airs on every single channel, on every time of night, on every website around the world.
For better and for worse, America's technology companies have a demonstrated record of driving crucial foreign policy outcomes, and Washington must make it known when it believes a foreign cause is just.