The South China Morning Post has reported that Google is engaging China in talks. Google wants to return to China.China is the world’s biggest internet market. Google had been pulled out of China back in 2010.
The company had been pulled out of China because of censorship rules.Google search engine and other services such as email services have been blocked in China. However, they can only be accessed only with Virtual Private Network (VPN).
One of the standing committee member of the National People’s Congress and former head of the General Administration of Press and Publication, Liu Benji, said that China has been in touch with Google through various channels.
Liu said that Google Scholar was among the services that Beijing has prioritized for re-entry. Google scholar is a search engine for scholarly literature.
The other functions that China is negotiating with Google include the services that do not involve sensitive information.However, there’s no specific timetable that has bee put in place on when Google will return to China.
The talks also included China’s commerce regulators. The talks have been ongoing since 2014.Google has from time to time said that it desires to go back to the 721 million users in China. This was after the company pulled its search engine out of mainland China.
Liu emphasized that China’s principle is that if a company wants to operate in its market, they must operate according to the Chinese law.
However, if Google goes by the Chinese law, it will harm its global operations rules. The internet giant will appear to be unfair and people will question whether it is an open platform.
There have also been reports that Google was in talks with NetEase. The company is China’s second-biggest online games operator.It intends to form a venture to launch its Google Play application store in China.