Google made good on its promise to stop censoring search results in China.
The companythis week and is redirecting users to Google.com.hk, where it offers uncensored Chinese-language search services. The company will maintain a research and development organization in China as well as a sales office.
Google first signaled its intention to change its stance on China in January, when it announced that it no longer intended to censor its search results there and would shut down Google.cn if an agreement could not be reached with the Chinese government. The company had also hinted that it might consider pulling out the country entirely.
Hong Kong enjoys special legal rights that most of China does not, under the "one country, two systems" approach,but free to offer an uncensored search engine. But the vast majority of Chinese Internet users sit behind the so-called Great Firewall of China, which gives the Chinese government the ability to restrict certain Web sites from appearing on computers in China.
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