At the bottom of an otherwise interesting article in The Washington Times (Cyber-attack on U.S. firms, Google traced to Chinese) was this little tidbit:
Investigators suspect in the case of Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) that China was seeking access to the company’s unique search engine and data-mining technology that could be applied to China’s rival government-controlled search engine known as Baidu.
Industrial espionage this may have been, but if Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) is government controlled to a greater degree than any other local enterprise operating in China, somebody call Robin Li and let him know. It certainly doesn't square with public ownership information. Is the local Baidu entity at all government-owned?