"Ending two months of speculation, Google has come forward with
its plans for dealing with Internet filtering requirements in
China, announcing that visitors to Google.cn will now be redirected
to the Hong Kong version of the search engine, which will deliver
uncensored results in "simplified Chinese."
"Google is now redirecting visitors to the Chinese search engine
to Google.hk, so servers housed outside the country will provide an
unfiltered version of the Web to mainland China in an arrangement
that Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is arguing adheres to the letter of
Chinese Internet law, if not the spirit.
""Figuring out how to make good on our promise to stop censoring
search on Google.cn has been hard," David Drummond, Google's chief
legal officer, said in a blog post. "We want as many people in the
world as possible to have access to our services, including users
in mainland China, yet the Chinese government has been crystal
clear throughout our discussions that self-censorship is a
non-negotiable legal requirement."