Google Almost 100% Sure of Shutting Down China Operations

Google China memorialGoogle is on the verge of closing down its search engine in China amid a censorship row with the Chinese government. A report by the Financial Times quoted a person knowledgeable of the issue as saying that the company is “99.9 percent” sure of ending its operations in China after an apparent impasse in negotiations.

The report said Google is now drawing up plans for a smooth closure of its China office. On Friday, the Chinese government warned Google against bypassing the country’s laws, saying that there will be consequences. “If you don’t respect Chinese laws, you are unfriendly and irresponsible, and the consequences will be on you,” Chinese Minister of Industry and Information Technology Li Yizhong said.

Google had said earlier this year that it would close down its operations in China if the government continued to pressure the company from filtering search engine results. Google has also accused Chinese hackers of stealing important data from the company and several other companies.