Legal Evening News, 1/07/11
In response to multiple media reports that Google is in the process of returning to the mainland China market, Google spokeswoman Jessica Powell said that the statement is inaccurate since Google cannot return when it has never left.
Powell said that Google still has 600 employees in mainland China and still develops products and provides services to mainland clients, advertisers and partners.
Google China currently has several hundred commercial partners of all sizes, and search traffic remains stable. Powell emphasized that in addition to the 600 employees in mainland China, Google also has staff in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Fox News reported that Google has already made preparations to return to the China market, claiming that while Google's servers have shifted to Hong Kong, its Chinese language search platform has resumed content filtering for mainland users.
Editor's Note: In limited testing from Beijing, Marbridge Consulting found no evidence that Google is filtering content on its Hong Kong servers for mainland users, but Chinese ISPs continue to use temporary domain-level keyword blocking for sensitive terms.