Now "99.9 percent" certain that it will close its Chinese search engine amid conflict over censorship, Google has detailed plans to do so, according to a Financial Times source.
Visitors seeking the Chinese-language version of Google's search engine hosted in China are being redirected to a Hong Kong site, and censorship warnings have been removed ahead of Google's expected announcement regarding its future in China.
Rep. Christopher Smith, R.-N.J., demonstrates how the results of a Google search are censored in China. Then he lays out a series of questions on how U.S.companies cooperate with the Chinese government.
If Google wants to stay afloat in China it will have to stop automatically redirecting searchers to Hong Kong, and it's not clear that Plan C will work.
A Chinese official says Google is complying with Chinese law, and what Google chooses to do in Hong Kong is its own affair.
Beijing says that Google's China Web site operator pledges to ensure that it exposes Chinese Web surfers to "no law-breaking content."
Securing the renewal of its Internet license in China shows Google is getting better at reading the Chinese government's wishes.
Web sites that use Google search services should seek alternatives in case Google goes through with its decision to stop censoring results, Beijing reportedly cautions.
Following months of tense relations, Beijing gives its approval for the U.S. company to continue operating a Web site in China.
Following attacks on Gmail accounts of human rights activists, Google says it will no longer censor search results in China and might shut down Google.cn.