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Google expects regulatory OK in China, for now

Thu, 07/08/2010 - 6:06pm
ANDREW VANACORE - AP Business Reporter - Associated Press

Google CEO Eric Schmidt says he expects Beijing to renew the license the company needs to continue operating its search engine in China.

The renewal had been in doubt due to the tense relations between Google and Chinese authorities over censorship of Google search results.

Last week, Google stopped redirecting users in China to its uncensored Hong Kong-based site after Chinese officials warned that the move could mean losing its license.

Talking with reporters at the annual media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, hosted by investment bank Allen & Co., Schmidt said, "We now expect a renewal."

Google's relations with Beijing have been rocky since the U.S. search giant stopped censoring its search results in response to cyber attacks it traced to China.

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