Google saved by a click
By Stela Roman
Google Inc. finally won a renewal of its Internet license in China. “We look forward to continuing to provide Web search and local products to our users in China,” the company said in its blog.
Google risked getting expelled from the world’s largest Internet market after China government showed its dissaproval to the practice that was adopted in March. Since that month, Google had been automatically redirectig the users to its Hong Kong service.
Google Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt said that he expected China to renew the company’s revised application to deliver Web services in the country.
Google resubmitted a license renewal application on the grounds that the Mountain View, California-based company would now point users to an unfiltered Hong Kong site instead of redirecting them automatically.
This small change was enough to convince China's regulators to renew Google's Internet license for at least another year, the company said.