Google backlash widens in China after offshore move

March 25, 2010

BEIJING - Google Inc.'s business ties in China unraveled a little more Wednesday amid a widening backlash to the U.S. Internet company's decision to move its Chinese search engine offshore in a challenge to the country's online censorship laws. While the stand is winning Google praise in the U.S. and other countries, it's threatening to turn the company into a pariah in China. A high-profile Communist Party newspaper skewered Google in a front-page article. And more of its partners and advertising customers in the country appeared to be distancing themselves from the company. Google, based in Mountain View, Calif., still hopes to expand its non-search operations in China, but its refusal to play by the government's censorship rules could make that unrealistic.

- Associated Press


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