In China’s diplomatic vocabulary, there is a very special title: “old friend of the Chinese people”. People can get a glimpse of the track of China’s diplomacy from the changes of how the term has been used. Over the past sixty years, a total of 601 people have ever been referred to as “an old friend of the Chinese people”. They came from 123 countries across five continents.
China Mobile and Xinhua news agency together launched Panguso, the Chinese government-run search engine, on Feb, 22nd, 2011, with ambitious plans to topple Baidu and fill in the vacancy left by Google’s leave. Yet Panguso ends up a general failure in terms of both aesthetics and functionality. An actual comparison of search results between Panguso, Baidu and Google shows that Panguso is more an archive of “voice of China” than a search engine.