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Google co-founder Sergey Brin

Google co-founder Sergey Brin

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China's censorship of the Internet may be blunt, but Google has found negotiations with the Chinese government in recent weeks to be subtle and uncertain.

That was the message from a brief interview with Sergey Brin, Google's co-founder, shortly after the company announced that it was moving its Chinese Internet search engine to Hong Kong.

The former British colony has been part of China since 1997, but operates under a "one country, two systems" philosophy. The mainland authorities do not censor political news and searches on the Web in Hong Kong.

The shift of its Chinese service to Hong Kong, Mr. Brin said, was not given a clear-cut stamp of approval by Beijing. But he said there was a "back and forth" with the Chinese government on what to do. "There was a sense that Hong Kong was the right step," Mr. Brin said.

But he added: "There’s a lot of lack of clarity. Our hope is that the newly begun Hong Kong service will continue to be available in mainland China."

Later he added: "The story’s not over yet." 

From The New York Times
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