Google "99.9 pct" sure to shut China search engine-FT

SHANGHAI, March 13 (BestGrowthStock) – Talks with China over
censorship have reached an apparent impasse and Google, the
world’s largest search engine, is now “99.9 percent” certain to
shut its Chinese search engine, the Financial Times said on
Saturday.

It said in a report on its website Google (GOOG.O: ) had
drawn up detailed plans for closing its Chinese search engine.

The newspaper cited a person familiar with the company’s
thinking as saying that, while a decision could be made very
soon, Google was likely to take some time to follow through
with its plans.

That would be in order to bring about an orderly closure as
the company takes steps to protect local employees from
retaliation by authorities, it said.

China warned Google on Friday against flouting the
country’s laws, as expectations grow for a resolution to a
public battle over censorship and cyber-security.

Google shocked business and political circles in January
when it threatened to pull out of China if it could not offer
an unfiltered Chinese search engine. The threat came after
cyber attacks originating from China on it and about 30 other
firms.

“If you don’t respect Chinese laws, you are unfriendly and
irresponsible, and the consequences will be on you,” China’s
Minister of Industry and Information Technology, Li Yizhong,
told reporters on Friday in answer to a question on what China
would do if Google.cn simply stopped filtering search results.
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That came after the chief executive of Google, Eric
Schmidt, said on Wednesday he hoped to announce soon a result
to talks with Chinese authorities on offering an uncensored
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The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology shares
oversight of the Chinese Internet with a number of other
bodies. Still more bureaucracies are involved in matters of
foreign investment, complicating the Chinese government’s
response to Google’s challenge.

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(Reporting by Jason Subler; Editing by Paul Tait)

Google “99.9 pct” sure to shut China search engine-FT