Beijing -- Analysts and human-rights activists applauded Google Inc.'s threat to China that the Internet behemoth may leave the country over recent Gmail cybersyping attacks and censorship issues. Google said that e-mail accounts of Chinese human rights activists around the world were the primary target of the attack, which occurred in December.
But Chinese rival Baidu dismissed Google's move as "hypocritical" and "financially driven". In US trade on Wednesday, Baidu's shares were up 10%, and Google's down 1.5%.
Although it is unlikely that other U.S. corporations in China will follow suit, Google's move is certain to fuel debate over business relations with China.