Today The Information reports that Google is making plans to get a version of Google Play back into China and that it’s willing to work within Chinese censorship law to do it. The company “will follow local laws and block apps that the government deems objectionable” in the interest of regaining control over its own operating system. Google also wants to help Chinese developers distribute their apps outside of China and help international developers sell their apps within China.
Everything’s for sale.
Thom, you’re making the same mistake a lot of people seem to. Corporations do not have scruples, only interests. They aren’t much different than national governments. If it’s in Google’s interest to bow to a censorious regime’s laws to get business in the PRC (or insert other repressive government’s regime) they will do so, and shake hands all the while smiling for the cameras saying how much a good deal it is for their stockholders.