Because a day can't go by without some new development in Google's dispute with China, a letter demanding that Google compensate its advertising agencies if it decides to pull out of China was posted on state-run China Central Television's Web site Tuesday. However, Bloomberg reported Wednesday that a spokesperson for one of the agencies named in the letter said it was probably a fake.
According to Bloomberg, the letter, signed by 27 of Google's Chinese advertising partners, said "Google should disclose plans to compensate agents relying on the Mountain View, California-based company, their workers and customers." But none of the companies contacted by Bloomberg could confirm that the letter was real. Feng Mingming, the sales representative in charge of Google ads at one of the firms, Shenzhen Winkee, said specifically:
I have checked with the head of the company and other relevant officials and found out we haven't sent or signed any such letter.
Google has yet to announce definite plans regarding its future in the country, but most speculation to this point has been that Google will close its Chinese search engines rather than continue to comply with the strict filtering requirements mandated by the Chinese government.