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IBM skips around China Internet censorship


Foreign companies in China, which has the world’s biggest online community, have faced allegations of bowing to censorship rules in their hunt for market access. To be careful, they usually avoid questions on the subject altogether or deflect them with humour.

“I don’t think I am the expert to comment on this,” Shirley Yu-Tsui, a vice president of strategy for IBM greater China, said at the Reuters China Investment Summit.

“All I know is my children complain they can not get on Facebook,” she said.

The subject is very serious, as companies such as Google and Yahoo have had their executives called to face angry congressional questioning in the United States to explain their business practices in China.