Google confident, but still no Chinese licence


Google confident, but still no Chinese licence

Warwick Ashford

China has not renewed Google's operating licence in the country more than a week after it expired, but the internet firm's chief executive Eric Schmidt remains confident.

Schmidt told reports at the annual Sun Valley conference of media and technology that Google expects to get the necessary operating licence, according to the Financial Times.

Google last week restored its website and stopped redirecting all searches to its uncensored Hong Kong site automatically.

The move was aimed at easing heightened tension with Chinese authorities, which observers have suggested may have put the licence's renewal in doubt.

Chinese officials were angered by Google's attempts to flout Chinese laws that require companies to censor search results and said the move was in breach of Google's licence conditions.

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

Google's controversial move stemmed from the discovery that the organisation was among more than 20 US companies that were targeted by China-based cyber attacks in December 2009.

China said earlier this week that it is reviewing Google's application to renew its licence in China, but there is no set deadline for making a decision.

Google's application was "relatively late" and it is uncertain when the results will be out, said Wang Lijian, chief propaganda official at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology

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