Google Exporting Cultural Values? No Kidding.

China's state-run news agency Xinhua in an editorial accused Google of being a political tool to "export culture, values and ideas," a day before the world's largest search engine is expected to announce that it would leave the country.

Of course, they didn't just realize it now. They're just repeating it now so that if Google announces it is leaving China tomorrow, it will look not only like a confirmation of what Xinhua is saying, which is that Google exports Western culture, but that Google is ashamed of it.

"It is unfair for Google to impose its own value and yardsticks on Internet regulation to China, which has its own time-honored tradition, culture and value," the editorial said.

It is absolutely not unfair. It is well within the rights of any culture to influence any of the others. If China's time-honored traditions, culture and values are good they will withstand such influence. One could argue that any culture that is not actively influencing others-- while itself being influenced-- is stagnant and dying.