Google may be leaving China in April


19 Mar 2010

Google may be pulling out of China as early as 10 April, reports the China Business News, quoting an unnamed Google employee.

It is thought the internet giant will be making an announcement next Monday on whether it plans to stay in China or leave, however, Google has not come out with an official statement as of yet.

Talking at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit recently, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said in relation to the company’s relationship with China that “something will happen soon.”

“We are in active negotiations with the Chinese government,” he told reporters at the summit.

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The reasons behind these talks include both issues of web censorship as well as the recent cyber attacks to the corporate infrastructure of Google originating from China, which resulted in the theft of intellectual property.

By Marie Boran

Photo: Google may exit China as early as 10 April