China: The Chinese government renewed Google’s license to operate in the country, ending a month long conflict that stemmed from China’s strict censorship rules. The license has been offered with a condition that Google would stop automatically rerouting traffic of Google.cn to its Hong Kong counterpart.
Beijing Guxiang Information Technology Co, operator of Google’s China website, has undertaken to comply with Chinese law and provides no law-breaking content, Xinhua reported, citing an unidentified official at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China. Early this year in an effort to bypass China’s censors, Google rerouted Google.cn users to the Hong Kong site. Under the new terms, Google users in the mainland can still access the Hong Kong version but it would require them to click a link.
The license renewal ensures that Google would continue to operate at least for another year in the country where its online advertising market could grow up to USD 20 billion in the next few years. China could also benefit from the presence of Google as it tries to fend off allegations of having a not so friendly economic environment for foreign companies.