Google and China Continue High Risk Chess Game

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china_socialnetworking_small.jpgADOTAS – Chinese firms selling advertising space on Google’s search pages have demanded clarity about the search giant’s plans in China, as speculation increases over Google’s future in the world’s largest Internet market, according to a Reuters report.

“We see a constant stream of information but cannot predict the future, we see business sliding, but there is nothing we can do,” says the letter, which was also posted on a website affiliated with China’s central television. “We are waiting now in incomparable pain and disquiet.”

“We don’t want Google to pull out. We believe Google will give us a proper explanation,” said a customer service manager, surnamed Sheng, at Suzhou Universal Internet Media.

The tension between Chinese authorities and Google have had a rippling affect through out the worlds most populous online advertising market. The Financial Times reported at the weekend the talks had reached an impasse and Google was “99.9 percent” certain to shut Google.cn. Adding another wave of insecurity to the already fragile relationship between the ruling communist party in Beijing and Google officials who have made a decision to not be censored any longer.

A link to the complete Reuters story here
Reporting by Chris Buckley and Michael Wei in Beijing, additional reporting by Alexei Oreskovic in San Francisco

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