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Google vs. China

By United Press International
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Google vs. China
Google's China headquarters remains open in Beijing on March 19, 2010. Google will close its business in China next month with an official announcement early next week, Chinese state media reported Friday. UPI/Stephen Shaver | License Photo

BEIJING, March 23 (UPI) -- Search engine giant Google is apparently sidestepping Chinese censorship by directing users to a Hong Kong site where browsers can surf the Internet unfettered.

Chinese officials declared the move was in violation of Google agreements with Beijing regarding access to the huge Chinese market.

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The move by Google is seen as related to allegations hacking attacks on activists' e-mail accounts and Google sites were traced to Chinese locations.

Google, on its Web site, said Monday it stopped censoring searches on its Chinese site.

"We believe this new approach of providing uncensored search in simplified Chinese from Google.com.hk is a sensible solution to the challenges we've faced -- it's entirely legal and will meaningfully increase access to information for people in China," Google said.

Google said it planned to keep many of its Chinese activities in operation but it wasn't clear whether Beijing would allow that. Chinese Internet officials by Tuesday were strengthening firewalls to block searches on Google's Hong Kong site for issues sensitive to the Beijing government.

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