Oriental Morning Post, 1/18/10
An anonymous source at Google has reported that Google's China offices never closed, the staff is continuing to work normally and Google.cn continues to censor search results. Google CEO Eric Schmidt has reported that talks are underway with the Chinese government, and that Google will remain in China if and when a settlement is reached. While the outcome is unclear as negotiations have only just begun, Schmidt said Google will continue to employ engineers, programmers and other staff in China.
On January 13, after Google announced it was considering withdrawing from China, Yahoo announced its support for Google's position on privacy issues, which prompted Yahoo's Chinese partner, Alibaba Group, to issue a statement protesting Yahoo's involvement, describing its position as "reckless."