Google is missing in the photo with Chinese president Xi Jinping
Chinese president Xi Jinping has started his formal visit to US on 22nd September. The first stop is Seattle where Microsoft and Amazon headquarters are located. On 23rd September (Wednesday), Xi Jinping attended a forum named "The 8th US-China Internet Industry Forum" in Seattle.
On this forum, president Xi expressed the attitude of Chinese government to Internet. He advocated to build an peaceful, secure, open and collaborative Internet environment so that every country can benefit from it. He emphasized that both US and China are two giants of Internet industry, there are many tech giants in both countries, both sides have huge space for cooperation and there should be mutual respect between US and China.
On this forum, president Xi met CEOs from US tech giants, including Microsoft, IBM, Apple. And he also took photo with tech giant CEOs from both US and China. From the above photo, we can see some familiar faces of these CEOs. The name list includes:
- Alibaba executive chairman Jack Ma (China, First row, the fourth)
- Sohu CEO Charles Zhang (China, Second row, the first)
- Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing (China, Second row, the third)
- 360 CEO Hongyi Zhou (China, Second row, the eighth)
- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (US, First row, the first)
- JD.com CEO Qiangdong Liu (China, First row, the second)
- IBM CEO Ginni Rometty (US, First row, thr fifth)
- Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (US, First row, the seventh)
- Apple CEO Tim Cook (US, First row, the nineth)
- Tencent CEO Huateng Ma (China, First row, the tenth)
- Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (US, First row, the eleventh)
- Sina CEO Charles Chao (China, Second row, the tenth)
- Cisco CEO John Chambers (US, First row, the third)
- Intel CEO Brian Krzanich (US, Second row, the seventh)
- Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf (US, Second row, the fifth)
- AMD CEO Lisa Su (US, Second row, the second)
- Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky (US, Third row, the eighth)
An interesting finding is that there is no people from Google showing on the photo. The reason may be obvious. Since Google announced to quit China in 2010, the relationship between Google and Chinese government becomes a bit tricky. Google was strong on their position about censorship, but their attitude is changing in order to return back to China.
Apparently there is still a long way to go, Google has to learn how to deal with Chinese government in order to gain the attention of Chinese leaders. Google knows about it and has learnt the lesson.