"The Chinese authorities would keep making Google make compromises until it became a tool for their own propaganda, because the Chinese Communist regime would not allow the real, true, free information flow and that's why Google will not be able to survive in China if they want to maintain a true free information source for the Chinese people," exiled Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng said. "So you can imagine if Google stays in China, then this fight will be long-term."
Even executives at Google, once so optimistic about their venture in China, now sound disillusioned.
"A more open environment was what we were hoping for and was hoping that we could sort of encourage by being there, but that has just not happened," Drummond said. "We always said we're a different kind of a company, that we've got values that we're willing to maintain even at the expense of leaving some money on the table."