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Google Redirects Chinese Site to Hong Kong

Google Redirects Chinese Site to Hong Kong

In the latest development in an ongoing standoff with China over censorship, Google has redirected its Google.cn property to Google.hk, its site in Hong Kong. The move follows reports this morning that Google would announce plans to shut down Chinese operations as early as today.

Google first announced that it was considering pulling out of China in January, writing at the time that it would no longer censor search results at the behest of the Chinese government following a set of cyber attacks targeting human rights activists. Update: Google has posted the following statement on their company blog:

"Earlier today we stopped censoring our search services: Google Search, Google News, and Google Images on Google.cn. Users visiting Google.cn are now being redirected to Google.com.hk, where we are offering uncensored search in simplified Chinese, specifically designed for users in mainland China and delivered via our servers in Hong Kong

We want as many people in the world as possible to have access to our services, including users in mainland China, yet the Chinese government has been crystal clear throughout our discussions that self-censorship is a non-negotiable legal requirement."

Google notes that this workaround could quickly be thwarted by the Chinese government, and has thus setup a webpage which keeps track of which services are currently accessible in the country.

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