Google sets no timetable for China operations

09:16, March 03, 2010      

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A top Google executive said on Tuesday in Washington that the Internet giant has set no timetable for calling an end to its operations in China, as the company shows no intention to back off from position in opposing China’s web regulation.

"We are reviewing our business operations (in China) now," Google vice president and deputy general counsel Nicole Wong told a U.S. congressional hearing on "Global Internet Freedom and the Rule of Law."

Asked by the panel chairman, Senator Dick Durbin, whether Google has a timetable for ending blockage of pornographic and politically subversive content of its Web search engine in China, Wong said: "We don't have a specific timetable."

"Having said that, we are firm in our decision that we will not censor our search results in China and we are working towards that end," she said.

Wong said Google has "many employees on the ground" in China "so we recognize both the seriousness and the sensitivity of the decision we are making.

"We want to get to that end -- of stopping censoring our search results -- in a way that is appropriate and responsible," Wong said. "We are working on that as hard as we can but it's a very human issue for us."

In her prepared remarks to the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Human Rights, Wong also said that more than 25 governments have blocked Google services over the past few years.

Wong said that YouTube has been blocked at least 13 countries since 2007: China, Thailand, Turkey, Pakistan, Morocco, Brazil, Syria, Indonesia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Turkmenistan.

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