Sorry. Need to amend the second last post. It looks like the US government may actually try to make it illegal for US companies to restrict freedom of speech/privacy when operating in such countries as China.
This would force the likes of Microsoft, Yahoo and Google to change their recent practices. No wonder Gates is supporting the governement. They could then hide behind them and it would look less like they as companies are going angainst China etc. directly.
Mmm, very canny.