China Keep Google Waiting

Chinese authorities are still making Google wait to find out whether its licence to operate in the country will be renewed.

Nearly a week ago Google restored its website and stopped redirecting all searches to its uncensored Hong Kong site.

However the internet giant is still left hoping that the licence will be renewed.

Google is now providing users with a link to the company's Hong Kong page rather than automatically redirecting them to it.

According to recent reports, the move was intended to ease the heightened tension between Google and the Chinese authorities that has put the licence's renewal in doubt.

Chinese officials had been angered by Google's attempts to flout Chinese laws that call on companies to censor search results online.

Google's controversial initial decision to redirect the sites users, stemmed from the discovery that the company was among more than 20 US businesses that were targeted by China-based cyber attacks in December 2009.

Google has reported that ever since its licence has been up for renewal, China has been blocking the Google Suggest service and partially blocked the firm's search services.

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