Google Can’t Seem to Quit China

Google doesn’t really want to be out of China it appears. Despite a principled stand against censorship and the subsequent revelation that Chinese government surrogates were behind GMail hacking the company is contemplating a “return” to the Chinese market.

In fact it’s still there but in a half-hearted way.

Google CFO Patrick Pichette told the Times of London that the hacking episode last year that resulted in Google no longer complying with Chinese censorship restrictions was simply a “roadblock.”  Pichette is quoted in the Times (via Fox Business) saying, “China has 1.2 billion people. For Google to say, ‘We’re going to live on our mission, but not serve 1.2 billion people’ — it just doesn’t work. China wants Google.”

Credit: greatwallofchina.org

Beyond the notion of serving Chinese internet users, Google is finding it very difficult to resist the lure of the largest internet and mobile market in the world — and the potential revenue that it represents.

Baidu reportedly had a 73 percent share of the Chinese search market in Q3, while Google had 21.6 percent. Google now has an 8.9 percent share of the current Chinese advertising market, behind Baidu and portal Alibaba.

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  • http://mohanarun.com L. Mohan Arun

    If ‘Google’ had any principle, they will stay away from countries like China and the Middle East. No country or government can be allowed to censor what they didnt create in the first place – namely the internet… If they dont like it, they shouldnt be using it… they cant be telling others whether to use it, and what sites to use… All this internet filtering and censoring has been taking the wrong direction

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