Google and China



Google has reportedly invested $10 million in Chinese search engine Baidu. It appears that Google is trying stake out some territory in China in order to compete with Yahoo!, a company that already has a presence there through the 3721 search engine. In fact some are describing the move as a clash between the Google/Baidu and Yahoo!/3721 camps.

Recalling that Google itself was temporarily blocked in China the move seems surprising. But some are suggesting that the move allows Google to become acquainted with China’s self-censorship policies. Google apparently worked with Chinese officials to have Google unblocked but little is known about why Google was blocked and how it came to be unblocked. If Google is intending to move into the Chinese market, what will Google’s stance be on self-censorship and Internet filtering?

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