China Google Users Appeal for Clarity

Published on March 22, 2010
by Loretta Chao

As the world awaits news of Google’s (GOOG) fate in China, which some believe may come this week, a group of Chinese Internet activists have started a public letter addressed to the company and the Chinese government, demanding answers about the status of talks between the two parties, who for months have wrangled over the extent to which Google can operate in China if it stops cooperating with Chinese censorship regulations.

Google’s Jan. 12 threat to leave China sent shockwaves through China’s fast-growing Internet, including prompting a rise in Baidu’s (BIDU) share price over speculation that a Google exit could mean more market share for its chief Chinese rival, and raising concerns of a door closing on Internet freedoms in China.

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