Google Could Make Announcement Monday About its Future in China

Lora Bentley
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Will Google Take a Stand in China?


The announcement that Google is preparing to pull out of China completely, or at least close its Chinese search engines, could come Monday, according to Reuters. Response from many Chinese has been apathetic at best. Others are "baying" for the search juggernaut to get out. One commenter to the Global Times, a nationalist tabloid, said: "Ha ha, I'm going to buy firecrackers to celebrate!"


Google first conveyed its displeasure with Chinese censorship requirements in January, saying it would no longer filter its search results. Since then, the company has reportedly engaged in active negotiations with the government to determine if there is any other way Google can stop the filters and still do business in the country.


Communist China has refused to budge at this point, saying only that Google will suffer the consequences if it chooses to willfully break the censorship laws.


Computerworld is also reporting Google may have an announcement Monday, but writer Sharon Gaudin goes one step further and points to an actual departure date. She quotes China Business News for the proposition that Google will leave the country as of April 10. However, the China Business News story says the information has yet to be confirmed. Moreover, Google representatives told Gaudin they would not comment on the company's dealings with the Chinese government.


Again, analysts say those who stand to benefit most from Google's departure are local search services, like The Web-surfing Chinese public, on the other hand, stand to lose the most if Google goes.


Your guess is as good as mine as to whether Google will go as of April 10, but if it does prove to be true, the story will probably lead in the tech press for a week.

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