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Surprise: China Still Welcomes Google's Business

Google made a lot of headlines earlier in the year when it claimed it had been the victim of a cyber attack originating from China. The attacks led Google to the decision that it would no longer censor search results on Google.cn. On March 22, the search giant officially stopped censoring search results for Google.cn. Instead, the company started redirecting all users visiting .com.cn to Google's .com.hk portal where uncensored results could be viewed in simplified Chinese.

At the time, Google's David Drummond, Senior VP of Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer, admitted that it had been difficult to make good on their promise to stop censoring search.

"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," said Dummond. "We believe this new approach of providing uncensored search in simplified Chinese from Google.com.hk 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."

However, Drummond warned that China could still block access to Google services from Mainland China. Indeed, Google announced back in June that China wasn't happy with the arrangement. Drummond wrote last month that China was considering not renewing Google's ICP license.

"It’s clear from conversations we have had with Chinese government officials that they find the redirect unacceptable," Drummond wrote in a blog post. "If we continue redirecting users our Internet Content Provider license will not be renewed (it’s up for renewal on June 30)," he explained. "Without an ICP license, we can’t operate a commercial website like Google.cn—so Google would effectively go dark in China."

However, it appears China has in fact renewed the ICP license. Google today updated Dummond's June post with the following statement:

"We are very pleased that the government has renewed our ICP license and we look forward to continuing to provide web search and local products to our users in China."

 

  • triplebug
    All about profit :/
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  • Dirtman73
    I knew Google would bow to the almighty dollar. Don't be evil, but be as greedy as you like. Cowards.
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  • wawa sxm
    thats pretty harsh at least google tried..in the end google is not a gov. owned company and simply can not afford to loose the chinese market...
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  • kalogagatya
    the title may as well be

    "Sulplise: China ... welcomes ... business" !
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  • Why not? Google suckz in China. License or not Chinese simply don't care
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  • Reynod
    I just hope the Chinese Govt does eventually allow their people to access the internet the same way we can.

    Google's ethical stance in the past has been great.

    I keep their search engine as my home page ... for the moment.

    Welcome to all our Chinese THG users !!

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  • the_krasno
    kalogagatyathe title may as well be"Sulplise: China ... welcomes ... business" !
    I see what you did there... lol.
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  • orionantares
    Did you guys actually read the post? They haven't provided unfiltered search results, the google.cn search is still linked over to the google.hk site. The part of google.cn they re-enabled were some of the services. It looks like their new music service, translation service, and product shopping service.
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  • dEAne
    Could China really sure about that idea?
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  • abdussamad
    The Chinese are smart. Google was being a huge drama queen and the Chinese knew just how to deal with it. By renewing Google's license they've have ensured that Google doesn't have any more ammunition to use against China.
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