I guess I don't really blame them. I also really want GCP to enter China. It would make it so much easier to launch truly global services. I hate that "World except China" and "China" overhead.
(Maybe GCP needs to get slighly disconnected from the politicized part of Google - like Search and News?)
Neither scenario smacks of success to me.
I think Google would need to make an unacceptable faustian bargain with the CCP to gain access to the China market for e.g. cloud services.
I guess the obvious risk is that the CCP begins with a small demand, and than gradually increase the demands over a long period of time.
The people are ultimately the customers of business and the most effective way to changing political policy is by influencing said business.
Ideally government and business should be like church and state or oil and water but this is not the reality we live in.
If there was a candidate that fit the profile of what you desire. How would you even be aware of that candidates existence? Usually through some news organization, youtube video , television, google search.... all avenues that are given to you by a corporation.
That's why we have to block requests for service to places like Crimea and North Korea.
Why should companies be exempt from the laws in the places where they operate?