What comes after Don’t Be Evil?
From a comment of mine in 2015 - We are in the crackdown on foreigners in China (for foreigners, one might read, Americans). When access to the internet is largely blocked for me, even with a VPN, access for many of my German students is still good. Perhaps spotty, perhaps needing a couple of different VPN to get around, but it works.
Google's problems in China began in 2010, when it began redirecting searches to its Hong Kong site to get around blocking on the mainland. After some negotiations, and fits and starts on blocking of gmail, Google chose to leave China rather than submit to censorship. Those were the old days. To be fair, Google was doing some light blocking of its own at that time, and the issue as reported was the hacking of the gmail accounts of activists within China, presumably by the government.