Google not looking to China for relaunch

Sunder Pichai

CBJ — The CEO of Google says his company has “no plans” to relaunch a search engine in China though it is continuing to study the idea.

Lawmakers and Google employees have raised concerns with Google boss Sundar Pichau who told a Congressional panel that the company would comply with China’s internet censorship and surveillance policies if it re-enters the Asian nation’s search engine market.

Google’s main search platform has been blocked in China since 2010, but the Alphabet Inc. unit has been attempting to make new inroads into the country, which has the world’s largest number of smartphone users.

“Right now, there are no plans to launch search in China,” Pichai told the U.S. House of Representatives judiciary committee.

But he added that Google has “developed and looked at what search could look like. We’ve had the project underway for a while. At one point, we’ve had over 100 people working on it, is my understanding.”


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