The interesting thing to me about Google’s blog post of yesterday regarding China is that this is the first instance I’ve seen of a major player (business/government/etc.) saying to China’s leaders, “You know what? We don’t necessarily need you.”
China will probably react to the implication that they were involved in breaking in to Google’s servers with their typical false indignation. I wonder, though, if the possibility that they are not seen as indispensable to a company like Google’s business will sting more than suggestion of dirty tricks.
James Fallows has an interesting read on the development on his blog on The Atlantic Web site, and his 2008 article about China’s public relations behavior is also interesting in light of Google’s announcement.