Google said Jan. 12 it would pull out part of its service if it had to keep censoring Internet results. Visitors to Google’s old service for China, Google.cn, are now being redirected to the Chinese-language service based in Hong Kong, where Google does not censor searches.
“Google has violated its written promise it made when entering the Chinese market by stopping filtering its searching service and blaming China in insinuation for alleged hacker attacks,” the official Xinhua News Agency quoted an official in a statement issued just hours after Google’s announcement.
“This is totally wrong. We’re uncompromisingly opposed to the politicization of commercial issues, and express our discontent and indignation to Google for its unreasonable accusations and conducts,” the unnamed official said.
The Hong Kong page heralded the shift Monday. “Welcome to Google Search in China’s new home.” The site also began displaying search results in the simplified Chinese characters used in mainland China.