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Google to withdraw from China in April, says a Chinese newspaper

Warwick Ashford

Google is expected to announce that it will withdraw from China on 10 April, according US media reports citing a Beijing-based newspaper.

The China Business News quoted an unidentified Chinese advertising agency, which claimed to have received the information. Google is expected to reveal plans for its China-based staff on the same day, the report said.

Google, which has not confirmed the reports, announced in January that it may withdraw from China after the company and more than 20 others were hit by China-based cyber attacks.

More than two months after Google announced it was in talks with Chinese authorities about continuing its search operations without censorship, the company is said to be close to a decision.

According to a Financial Times report last week, Google is now "99.9%" certain that it will shut down its search operations.

The Chinese government has reportedly warned Google business partners to prepare for the day when they cannot use Google services such as a search bar on their websites.

Earlier this week, Google confirmed that it had received a letter signed by 27 advertising partners in China calling for some clarity around Google plans.

They said their businesses are suffering because of the uncertainty. They also demanded to know how they will be compensated if Google withdraws from China.

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