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China is serious about business.

U. S. businesses are serious about doing business with China. Just look at what CEO’s were there.

U.S.-China Internet Industry Forum

However, several top tech executives were missing at the event, most notably Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

Google has had a contentious history in China and is currently banned in the country. This may be seen as one reason for the absence of the new Google chief, but a WSJ report citing an anonymous source says that he was not invited to the event.

According to a report by The Information earlier this month, Google is trying to make an entry to China by readying a censored version of its Play Store, thus abiding by the government’s requirements. However, if China indeed did not extend an invite to Pichai, it would suggest that Google has not made much headway in its talks with the world’s fastest growing internet market.

It isn’t easy and there are significant security and IP issues that are troubling. There is “free trade” and there is “fair trade”. How can we balance those so both countries benefit? Wisdom is surely needed.

“God cares about honesty in the workplace; your business is his business.” ~King Solomon (Proverbs 16:11 The Message)

“Ill-gotten gain gets you nowhere; an honest life is immortal.” ~King Solomon (Proverbs 10:2 The Message)

“A picture is worth a thousand words. In the first official U.S. visit of China’s President Xi Jinping this week, nothing speaks louder than one single photo on China’s hopes for its high-tech diplomacy.

“On Wednesday, President Xi toured Microsoft during the 8th U.S.-China Internet Industry Forum in Seattle. After discussing a wide range of issues such as intellectual-property protection and Internet governance, Xi and 30 top China and U.S. executives posed for a group photo — in which Forbes counts a total market cap for all represented companies of $2.5 trillion.”

Source: The $2.5 Trillion Photo: China’s President Xi Jinping Meets With Heads Of Apple, Amazon, And More – Forbes