Google's China webpage licence under review: government

BEIJING Wed Jul 7, 2010 4:23pm EDT

A Chinese national flag flies in front of Google's head office in Beijing July 6, 2010. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

A Chinese national flag flies in front of Google's head office in Beijing July 6, 2010.

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BEIJING (Reuters) - Google's application to renew its webpage license in China is currently under review with no set deadline, a government official said on Wednesday.

"Google's annual check-in is under way," Wang Lijian, chief propaganda official at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) told Reuters.

Wang said that Google's submission was "relatively late" and that he was not sure when the results would be out.

China's MIIT is the body responsible for renewing and reviewing Internet Content Provider licenses.

Google said last week it will stop automatically rerouting users to its uncensored Hong Kong search site after Beijing indicated it will not renew Google's ICP license if it continued to do so.

Google now operates a landing page for its website and clicking anywhere on the page brings the user to the site. China is the world's biggest Internet market by users.

This development is the latest in a series of twists that occurred since Google unexpectedly warned in January it might quit the country over censorship concerns and after suffering a hacker attack it said came from within China.

(Reporting by Huang Yan and Melanie Lee; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)

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Comments (7)
DrTheoMussvin wrote:
Until google filters out the scams coming from China /Alibaba, then google should never get a license.

They are hurting Chinese reputation and culture.

All the scams now originating from google, which come from our ruining China forever. I am upset at what has happened and think google should not get their license at all.

China is not another Nigeria cause google wants it to be.

Jul 07, 2010 1:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
STORYBURNeasy wrote:
Google doesn’t deserve China

Jul 07, 2010 7:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Actually, it’s China who is losing A LOT of face in this whole situation!!! China’s political and economic espionage is finally having light shed upon it.

Good for Google! Keep showing China for what it really is….the biggest and most brutal dictatorship in the world!

Any sensible businessman would move all operations out of China and into any country that values freedom, justice, and equality.

Jul 07, 2010 8:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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