Google Renews License in China

July 11, 2010 10:04 pm Last Updated: October 1, 2015 7:38 pm

RENEWED: Pedestrians walk past the the Google China headquarters in Beijing on June 30. China has renewed Google Inc.'s license to operate in China.
RENEWED: Pedestrians walk past the the Google China headquarters in Beijing on June 30. China has renewed Google Inc.'s license to operate in China.
Online search engine Google Inc. remains in business in China, with Chinese authorities declaring the official renewal of the operating license for the Internet giant.

The state news agency Xinhua quoted an official with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology who said the government had approved the license for Beijing Guxiang Information Technology, which operates Google's Chinese website on July 11.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based Internet company announced on July 9 that the license has been renewed. In March, Google began to automatically transfer Chinese users to a website in Hong Kong to avoid Chinese Internet censorship. But the Internet company changed its policy in response to China's threats that its license would be withdrawn. In late June Google installed a link to its Hong Kong site on its China home page, allowing users to go the uncensored site, but not transferring them automatically.

Google does not censor searches on the Hong Kong site, but the Chinese government is able to block mainland users from accessing some websites that they find through the Hong Kong site.

The communist state’s approval of Google to continue its business in China is a sign of compromise. The dispute between the world’s largest Internet search engine illustrates a new tide of negotiations of Chinese trade on the world’s stage.