Google May Leave China by April 10
Google decision to cease its operation in China is edging closer to reality after months of negotiations. China Business News reports that Google plans to leave China on April 10.
The report cites an unidentified Google China employee, but this information has not been confirmed by Google (Google). Allegedly, Google gave its China employees the option of moving to the companyâ€™s U.S. headquarters or working for its Asia-Pacific operations. If this is true, it once again raises the question of what, exactly, is Google pulling out from China: its entire operations or just the search engine, which it has declined to censor? The latter now seems more likely. In any case, if Google does pull out, it may be a long, long time before it returns. Peter Lui, who was formerly Googleâ€™s financial controller for the Asia Pacific region, said that Googleâ€™s public announcement to leave had â€śburnt bridgesâ€¦ There is no way Google can ever come back.â€ť