Google is highly likely to be shutting down Google Search in China, after discussions with Chinese authorities regarding censorship laws appear to have reached an impasse.
Last Friday, the Chinese government challenged Google directly, stating that it refused to compromise its censorship laws to prevent Google from leaving China. Google’s removal of censorship occurred after a number of ‘cyber-attacks’ has occurred to Google’s systems from an apparent Chinese origin.
Li Yizhong, the Chinese minister for industry and information technology, has this to say on the topic:
“If [Google] takes steps that violate Chinese laws, that would be unfriendly, that would be irresponsible, and they would have to bear the consequences.”
“[Google] has taken 30 per cent of the Chinese search market.”
“If you don’t leave, China will welcome that, if you don’t leave, it will be beneficial for the development of the Internet in China.”