Schmidt On China: “Something Will Happen Soon”
Two Google executives have again assured onlookers that the company is dealing with the situation in China. While in Abu Dhabi, Eric Schmidt indicated today that something will happen sooner rather than later, and Nicole Wong told politicians in D.C. that leaving China is still an option.
Unfortunately, not a lot of other details and/or promises were forthcoming. Eric Schmidt’s exact words, according to Jerry Dicolo, were "something will happen soon," and whether that’s "soon" as a five-year-old would perceive it or in terms of continental drift is hard to say.
We should note: it’s already been almost two months since Google stated in an official blog post, "[O]ver the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all."
As for what Nicole Wong, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at the company, had to say, there was less wiggle room. The AFP reports that she maintained, "We are not going to change our decision on not censoring results anymore." Also, with respect to abandoning the country, Wong added, "We are prepared to do that."
Google and Baidu investors are sure to remain on pins and needles until the situation is resolved.