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Google Chairman criticises China for harbouring piracy

Google and China have had a difficult relationship Google and China have had a difficult relationship

Google's Chairman Eric Schmidt certainly does not have any kind words to say for China in his new book.

In his upcoming book, titled ‘The New Digital Age’, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt has severely criticized China for harboring piracy, and claimed that the country actually encourages the practice for political or economic gains.

The book has been scheduled for release this April by Random House. The story was first reported by the Wall Street Journal based on a book review.

Schmidt went so far as to say that China has "the most sophisticated and prolific" hackers, and is "the world's most active and enthusiastic filterer of information".

Internet censorship in China
China and Google have a long history of a difficult relationship. Beijing has often come under fire by international groups, companies and nations for indulging in cyber espionage, and attempting to control what information users had access to.

In the period between 2006 and 2011, a number of cyber attacks were carried out against many international organizations, including the International Olympic Committee, and the UN. It is widely believed that most of these attacks had their origin in China.

In 2011, Google accused Chinese hackers of having broken into the email accounts of top US government executives and military officials. In July last year, South Korea alleged that hackers based in China were responsible for compromising the accounts of millions of users on a social network.

Many major international news sites have also been attacked by Chinese hackers.

Although hacking has been declared illegal in China, the practice is rampant across the nation.

U.S. companies at a distinct disadvantage
According to the book, “the disparity between American and Chinese firms and their tactics will put both the government and the companies of the United States at a distinct disadvantage."

It went on to say that Washington "will not take the same path of digital corporate espionage, as its laws are much stricter (and better enforced) and because illicit competition violates the American sense of fair play".