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Google's Plans to Leave China are 99.9% Certain

Not too long ago, Google threatened to shut down Google.cn and walk out of China. The threat was a response to a mid-December hack originating from China as well as an anti-censorship protest. On Friday, the Chinese Minister of Industry and Information Technology, Li Yizhong, told reporters in no uncertain terms, "If you don't respect Chinese laws, you are unfriendly and irresponsible, and the consequences will be on you."

Today, the Financial Times reports that the Google's decision to leave China is all but made. Citing a source familiar with the situation. FT reports that censorship talks with the Chinese government have reached an apparent impasse. The source went on to say that while a decision could be made very soon, the company is likely to take some time to follow through with the plan as it seeks an orderly closure and takes steps to protect local employees from retaliation by the authorities.

However, Google may not leave China altogether. Though the company could be closing Google.cn, the search giant is looking at other solutions to the problem so it can maintain a presence in the country. Among these is the possibility of handing over a majority stake or even the entire business to a local player.

Read the full story on Financial Times.

  • christop
    I would.
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  • micr0be
    +100 respect for google
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  • CTPAHHIK
    I know this is not relevant, apologize for that. How do I prevent finance.google.com from going to Chinese site?
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  • dacman61
    Among these is the possibility of handing over a majority stake or even the entire business to a local player.

    I don't recommend that... China with steal as much technology and patented ideas as possible.
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  • marsax73
    I wish America would boycott Chinese made products altogether. It's the only way they will get the point. Freedom + China = FAIL.
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  • dacman61
    CTPAHHIKI know this is not relevant, apologize for that. How do I prevent finance.google.com from going to Chinese site?
    Google it! :)
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  • dacman61
    marsax73I wish America would boycott Chinese made products altogether. It's the only way they will get the point. Freedom + China = FAIL.
    I wish we could but do you realize how much crap us American use that is "Made In China"? I'm sick of seeing virtually everything say that on it.
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  • chickenhoagie
    the problem is though, once we stop buying chinese goods, they stop buying our goods..so we must ask ourselves if we can really accept those consequences..
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  • mkyam
    As much as China is seen as evil, and the US promoting human rights across the globe, the country that kills most innocent people was and still is....America. Who are you to judge other countries then.
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  • nforce4max
    dacman61I wish we could but do you realize how much crap us American use that is "Made In China"? I'm sick of seeing virtually everything say that on it.
    Never forget the drywall that was made there that rots every thing with metal in it including electronics. In China they can make nails cheaper than it does to make wire in Indonesia.
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