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Google to exit on April 10, says Chinese biz paper

US Internet giant Google will close its business in China next month and may announce its plans in the coming days, Chinese media reported on Friday, after rows over censorship and hacking.

india Updated: Mar 19, 2010 21:40 IST
AFP

US Internet giant Google will close its business in China next month and may announce its plans in the coming days, Chinese media reported on Friday, after rows over censorship and hacking.

The China Business News quoted an official with an unidentified Chinese advertising agency as saying Google would go through with its threatened withdrawal on April 10, but that Google had yet to confirm the pull-out. The agency is a business partner of Google, the report said.

It did not specify whether Google would close all or part of its operations. It quoted an unidentified Google staff as saying the company may announce on Monday the details of its exit from China and compensation for its local staff.

Google China spokeswoman Marsha Wang declined to comment on the report, saying there had been “no update” on the company’s situation.

The report was the latest in a series of clues to emerge recently indicating Google planned to leave China, which has the world’s largest population of online users, at 384 million.

Google has cried foul over what it said were cyberattacks aimed at its source code and the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists.

The Financial Times reported last week that Google was “99.9 per cent” certain to abandon google.cn, citing an unnamed source. Chinese media said on Wednesday that Google sent a notice to clients saying google.cn could close at the end of March.

First Published: Mar 19, 2010 21:39 IST