Li Yizhong, China’s minister of industry and information technology has called Google's most recent bluff with an equally vague bluff:
Speaking to reporters at the National People's Congress on Friday, Chinese Minister of Industry and Information Technology Li Yizhong said he hopes Google will respect China's rules and regulations. But, according to several press reports, he cautioned the company: "If you insist on taking this action that violates Chinese laws, I repeat: you are unfriendly and irresponsible, and you yourself will have to bear the consequences."
This is after Google’s chief executive officer, Eric Schmidt, said Wednesday that “something will happen soon” in the two-month standoff over Internet censorship between his firm and the Chinese government.
China's stance on the issue hasn't been exactly crystal clear since the it began on January 12:
Mr. Li, [...] told Reuters last week that the government was working with Google to resolve matters, but his vice minister, Miao Wei, later told the state-run Xinhua news agency that Google had yet to turn over a report on the hacker attacks to the ministry.
But officials did make at least two things unambiguous: They intend to "severely punish" the hackers, and that if Google chooses to stay in the country is "up to Google."