Thursday, September 20, 2012

On Anniversary of Japanese Invasion, Baidu, Jike, and Youdao Promote China's Claims on the Diaoyu Islands

The following screenshots were taken on September 18, 2012.

Baidu's home page doodle shows an island with a PRC flag on it.
Clicking on the doodle leads to a page entitled "Diaoyu Islands, China's!

Baidu's Japan and Taiwan home pages did not have any doodles.

On September 20, Kaiser Kuo, Baidu’s director of international communications, offered this explanation:
The overwhelming majority of Baidu’s employees and users clearly feel very strongly on this topic, but our purpose was to encourage people to be rational in their expressions of patriotism, to renounce violence and other forms of extremism. Planting a digital flag to express your feelings on the matter of the Diaoyu Islands is a much better alternative to throwing rocks or smashing cars.

Jike's home page has a text link saying:
"Safeguard the Diaoyu Islands, Take Action Now!"
Clicking on the link leads to a page with the same title.
Jike is operated by the People's Daily
Youdao's home page doodle shows a mountain with a the PRC symbol.
Beneath is written "Never Forget the National Shame of 9.18, Safeguard the Territory."
Clicking on the doodle leads to a search result page for "9.18 Incident" (九一八事件)
Youdao is operated by Netease.

Sogou, Soso, and did not commemorate the anniversary.