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China still considering whether to renew Google’s licence

Warwick Ashford

China is reviewing Google's application to renew its web page licence in China, but there is no set deadline for making a decision, according to government officials.

Google's application was "relatively late" and although Google's annual check-in is under way, it is uncertain when the results will be out, Wang Lijian, chief propaganda official at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, told the Reuters news agency.

Google's licence to operate in China became due for renewal on 30 June.

The internet firm said last week it would stop automatically rerouting users to its uncensored Hong Kong search site after Beijing indicated it would not renew Google's licence if it continued to do so.

In January, Google said it was considering leaving China over censorship concerns after being hit in December by a hacking attack that allegedly originated in China.

In March, Google decided to stop censoring Chinese language searches by shutting down its Google.cn site and redirecting traffic to its uncensored Hong Kong site.

Google has reinstated the Google.cn site and users are being given the option of following a link to the company's Hong Kong site in a move aimed at easing tensions with Chinese authorities.


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