It’s no surprise that Google wants to re-enter the largest market on earth, with its hundreds of millions of increasingly-online users. But despite Google’s interest, their attempt at re-entry will be frustrated as their core mission statement is at odds with Chinese values. [...]
Google’s mission and culture are incentivized to make all information available, not ask what information should be made available. As such, it would have extreme trouble existing in a culture which does not value free access to information as a human right or which holds a search engine responsible for the information it provides. But China is such a culture.
Really insightful post from Mark. There seems to be a key contradiction between Google's stated mission and the broader cultural values of the Chinese people making a Google re-entry extremely difficult.