Chinese cyber attacks on Google.cn and google pulling out of ChinaChina has been in the lime light in recent times and not always for the right reasons. Recently china was in the lime light for being accused of cyber attacks coming from the country towards the google.com domain owned by Google and now more recently China has made it known that it wants google china to abide by its strict censorship laws and divulge information in relation to activists which google refuses to do unlike yahoo as it says in this article over here.
Chinese market completely this year after cyber attacks were traced back to China. China has hit back by cracking down on google advertisers and Chinese companies doing business with Google china and putting the pressure on them. China has moved to further limit free speech on the web - Google's own websites and the e-mail accounts of human rights activists recently came under cyber attack.
More recently in our own shores the mining community of Australia have not openly admitted it , but have definitely indirectly let it be known “the bitter taste that has been left in the mouth” after hearing the news of the stern hu trial. The Australian Companies do need the Chinese deals and will surely be doing more deals for their mutual benefit , but will be definitely be more cautious and wary while dealing with the Chinese companies after this incident.
Stern Hu Trial In chinaSTERN HU and other RIO TINTO colleagues were detained and arrested by Chinese officials soon after the billion dollar chinalco deal with RIO TINTO fell through.
Chinese government has refused to give australian officials access and diplomatic support to stern Hu and his associates.
The first phase of the trial of Stern Hu and three other Rio Tinto executives has ended in Shanghai and the closed Chinese court system has become even more secretive.The trial for this case was also restricted to the Chinese officials “ where it was announced that Stern HU has admitted to bribery”. The proceedings and circumstances prior to this announcement is not known at this stage.
For the first part concerning bribery allegations media weren't allowed in, but Australian consular officials were. Now for the section of the trial involving alleged industrial espionage even they have been barred.
Article by: Sheldon Singh - Independent blogger and writer