People's Daily Welcomes Google's Return to China

11 August, 2018, 13:23 | Author: Sammy Rose
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But Baidu's Chairman Robin Li is confident that his firm can hold its own, saying on social media that if Google comes back, it will be defeated.

The report mentions a document seen by The Intercept that suggests Google's search project will become a joint venture.

China's government has indicated Google is welcome back as long as it follows the law. "In 2010, when Google withdrew from China, its market share was declining and Baidu's market share had exceeded 70%".

"We provide a number of mobile apps in China, such as Google Translate and Files Go, help Chinese developers, and have made significant investments in Chinese companies like JD.com".

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The Intercept report, unconfirmed by Google, explains how the USA company's engineers take samples of the search queries on Baidu to develop a list of blocked websites, such as information on the Tiananmen Square massacre, which it will not disclose on its new search engine for China. But the Google app would comply with the country's censorship laws and limit users to Web content approved by the regime, according to the report. News of a potential return has been met with resistance from employees and criticism from human rights advocates and lawmakers. One group that wasn't critical of Google's decision was the Chinese government.

San Francisco: As Google is trying to make a comeback in China with censored apps, its biggest rival in the country, Baidu, said it was prepared to take on the United States tech giant and defeat it, the media reported.

Google's high-profile departure from China eight years ago came after the company said it was the victim of a sophisticated cyberattack that targeted the Gmail accounts of human rights activists there. Google engineers then compiled a list of thousands of websites that were banned in the country following which they integrated this list into the censored version of the search engine-codenamed as Dragonfly- so that it would automatically filter out the websites that were prohibited in the country. The company obtained a license to open a $30 million subsidiary there to function as a start-up incubator investing and consulting with small businesses.

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