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Google Takes One More Step Away From China

By - June 29, 2010

Google today announced another step in its protracted divorce from China – to satisfy regulatory and license requirements, it’s no longer directly serving results from its Hong Kong based (and uncensored) engine onto its Google.cn site. Instead, it’s directing users to the Hong Kong site, in essence, creating one more click for users to go through before accessing its service.

And there’s no certainty that service will be allowed inside China, as the regime is clearly not pleased with Google’s failure to roll over. Google’s license to do business inside the country apparently expires tomorrow. This move was clearly intended to convince China that Google is living by the letter of Chinese law. I’m not sure that matters, and it may effect Google’s other businesses – Maps, for example.

Meanwhile, Google’s main competition, Baidu, which as a homegrown company has no such issues, has gained marketshare at Google’s expense. CEO Robin Li will be at Web 2 this Fall, a rare appearance and one certain to be newsworthy.

Here’s Google’s blog post.

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  • anonymous

    is not google accepting in its blog post that they were breaking the local chinese laws until now?

  • j

    “is not google accepting in its blog post that they were breaking the local chinese laws until now?

    —————————————-
    Frankly speaking, you falls into the pattern of “Chinese government’s payed commenters”.

    As a native Chinese, I want to ask which law did google break? What i read is Chinese government invent the story that google break law, on the not-reachable bookshelf.
    As a result of Google’s withdraw, Baidu are further mixing ad content with normal search result, that’s what happens here. Even the pro government papers begins to complain this trend. Sad stories for normal Chinese.