Its clear from conversations we have had with Chinese government officials that they find the redirect unacceptable, and that if we continue redirecting users our Internet Content Provider license will not be renewed, Drummond wrote in the blog, posted late on Monday night in the United States.
Without an ICP license, we cant operate a commercial website like Google.cn so Google would effectively go dark in China, he added.
The new Google page is extremely simple, with an image of the Google logo and a non-functioning search box. Below are short messages saying We have already moved to google.com.hk and Please save our new website. Clicking on much of the page redirects users to the Hong Kong site.
Google said in January it might quit China over censorship and after it was hit by a sophisticated hacking attack that it said came from within China. It has kept its promise to end self-censorship that was demanded by Beijing as a condition for operating inside Chinaprompting the redirecting to Hong Kongbut is working to maintain a presence inside China.
Chinas foreign ministry on Tuesday declined comment on Googles decision to end automatic rerouting, but Drummond said he hoped it would be acceptable to the Chinese government.
This new approach is consistent with our commitment not to self censor and, we believe, with local law. We are hopeful our license will be renewed on this basis so we can continue to offer services in China via Google.cn.