Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, toured the headquarters of Baidu, China's top search engine, Monday. Zuckerberg also had lunch with Baidu's CEO in Beijing. Is a business partnership in the works?
Google said Tuesday it will stop automatically routing users to its Hong Kong site after the Chinese government objected.
The Google China pullout means that operations were shifted overnight, with the company saying it will no longer comply with Chinese government demands that it censor its search results. Some in China expect Google will eventually be kicked out of the mainland.
Google China announced Monday that it will stop censoring search results. For both Google and China, the risks are big.
Beijing’s steely response Thursday to Google’s threat that it will leave China unless censorship stops contrasted with Chinese Internet users’ outpouring of support.
There's huge potential but also massive challenges if Google stays in China.
Since launching in 2006, Google’s China search engine has struggled to attract users. Homegrown competitor Baidu enjoys twice the US firm's market share.
The Chrismas Day sentencing of literary critic Liu Xiaobo to 11 years in prison has drawn unusually strong criticism from Western governments, but some experts say that may only result in China taking a harder line.