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Google and China : mates once again
Category : General 11 Jul 2010 02:02 AM | Industry News
Google says China has renewed its content provider license, Google, China look for way to coexist and Restored Google search site very limited in features.
In March, Google said it would no longer bow to government censors and effectively shut down its Chinese search engine, re-routing mainland users to its uncensored site in Hong Kong.
But late last month, the company tweaked the way it reroutes users, out of concern for the renewal of its licence.
Currently all mainland users are directed to a new landing page on, a website in China that now has links to the Hong Kong site. Google has said it believed this approach complies with Chinese law.
The official with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), who spoke anonymously, told Xinhua that the result of its annual checkup on Google was "Approved after Rectification."
Guxiang submitted an application letter to the MIIT on June 29 to renew Google's Internet Content Provider (ICP) license, a permit to run websites in China.
The company that operates Google's websites in China, Guxiang, was on a list of hundreds of companies whose licenses were renewed that was posted on the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology's website.