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Google Stays in China

Google Stays in China

Google has issued a statement that it is no longer censoring search results in China.

The main news is that Google has not pulled out of China as it originally threatened it would but in a climb down has removed the censored site and re-directed it to

“We want as many people in the world as possible to have access to our services, including users in mainland China, yet the Chinese government has been crystal clear throughout our discussions that self-censorship is a non-negotiable legal requirement. We believe this new approach of providing uncensored search in simplified Chinese from is a sensible solution to the challenges we’ve faced—it’s entirely legal and will meaningfully increase access to information for people in China. We very much hope that the Chinese government respects our decision, though we are well aware that it could at any time block access to our services. We will therefore be carefully monitoring access issues, and have created this new web page, which we will update regularly each day, so that everyone can see which Google services are available in China.”

Google will remain in China for research and development purposes but has in effect stopped offering its search facility directly in China. China has repeatedly warned Google that censorship was non-negotiable and whilst Google has found an interesting workaround this battle is far from over. China could block Google’s redirect and make it difficult for companies in China to do business with Google.

There has been no official response by the Chinese state thus far.

Source: ZDNet

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