FROM Robert Kapp
As Google and China Square Off, What's the Fallout ? Google first signaled its displeasure with China in January, after discovering that its source code had been hacked and that human rights activists' G-mail accounts had been targeted. Now it's moved its operation offshore to Hong Kong, where results are not filtered or censored. The Chinese government has retaliated, using its great firewall to block access to Chinese users. Was Google motivated by democratic values or did it make the sacrifice because its market share there is only a small percentage of its global market? Did Google cut off its nose to spite its face, walking away from the chance to grow its market share in Asia? What does its departure mean to other companies? How does this audacious move affect diplomatic ties between the Obama Administration and China?
Are Chinese Workers Paying the Price for Cheap Goods? Some 21 million toys made in China and imported by the United States have been recalled because of lead paint or other dangerous defects. With the holidays approaching, that has Americans worried and angry about possible health affects on their children. Yet while trying to improve its 21 st Century standing by sending men to the moon, China's workers are living and dying in 19th Century conditions. That's according to journalistic investigations and testimony to Congress , which is looking at a proposal to ban imports from overseas "sweatshops," where Chinese workers are exposed all day, every day to Benzene, Lead, Cadmium, Toluene, Nickel and Mercury. We hear about workers exposed to a witches' brew of cancer-causing chemicals 84 hours a week for 53¢ an hour. Already worried about product safety, will US consumers pay more for the safety of human beings 5000 miles away?
Is the United States losing its moral authority in the world? American support for human rights has often been criticized as more about words than it is about action. President Trump is creating more skeptics than ever. What are the consequences for America's role in the world?