I’ve been writing about this several times already and last week Google was 99.9% certain to shut down in China – now it seems they finally made the decision to go ahead and stop the censorship of search results on Chinese Google.cn.
For now, Google.cn is being redirected to the Google based in Hong Kong, which is not subject to censuring.
Google is keeping their office in China in order to sell ads, but if access to Google.cn is being shut down, they will consider shutting down their office as well.
I’m afraid this is a battle that Google cannot win, China will never cut down on their censorship because of an American company. But I still think it’s a nice move from Google to show China and the rest of the world, that censorship is not the way forward.