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Michael Peng

In terms of social development the U.S., in my opinion, is at least a hundred years ahead of China. The question U.S. firms face is whether they want to return to the past. Society evolves gradually. If U.S. firms choose to leave, they not only lose China's market, but also the chance to make an impact in China. In brief, they should comply

Suraj Babalola

I am Nigerian and have lived under a repressive regime. It is a horrible experience no human being should be subjected to, what with fear, lack of privacy, and so on.

I would be very happy if both Google and Yahoo resisted these constraints. The real bottom line is people, no matter where they reside. We are all connected. Please do not limit this discussion to China. Extend it to Africa and help us rid this continent of similarly repressive policies.

Nicole Herbots

We solved this question during the Cold War. Economics control change. Economic exchange with a repressive society yields less than desired results (e.g., the consequence of sales of technology to Iraq and Iran) even if it is tempting in the short term. Enabling the repressive regime to function with these products will in the long term undermine these U.S. companies' viability. As soon as China can, it will switch to Chinese, easier-to-control companies. Our truest self-interest is in the end always the ethical choice of resisting or leaving, as we will inevitably be the next victims of the repressive policies we did not confront but ended up supporting by complying. Always apply pressure in the right direction.

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