China responds to Google censorship decision

23 Mar 2010

China has responded swiftly to the news that online search giant Google is stopping censoring its Chinese search results, describing the decision as “totally wrong”.

“Google has violated the written promise it made on entering the Chinese market by stopping filtering its searching service and blaming China in insinuation for alleged hacker attacks,” said an unnamed government official in charge of the internet bureau under the State Council Information Office, according to the Xinhua state media agency.

“This is totally wrong. We’re uncompromisingly opposed to the politicisation of commercial issues, and express our discontent and indignation to Google for its unreasonable accusations and conducts.

“Foreign companies must abide by Chinese laws and regulations when they operate in China,” the official added.

Google announced yesterday that it has stopped censoring its search services on its Chinese site,

The company said that users of its website are now being redirected to Hong Kong where it is offering uncensored search in simplified Chinese, which it said is specifically designed for users in mainland China and is being delivered via its servers in Hong Kong.

Its decision came a little more than two months after the company threatened to pull out of China altogether because of censorship and cyber attacks.

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