Google has updated its blog post regarding its censorship row in China with the simple sentence:

"We are very pleased that the government has renewed our ICP license and we look forward to continuing to provide web search and local products to our users in China".

So that's cleared that up then. Or has it?

What about Google's threat back in January that it would quit the country as a result of cyber-attacks on Gmail accounts of human rights' activists, or its harsh criticism of the way the Chinese government censors the web for its public?

Google said originally on its blog:

"We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down, and potentially our offices in China".

Has the situation changed in China with only Google finding out? Or has Google wobbled on its original threat because of the huge economic potential that China may present to it?

After all, Google is still censoring its search results via

It was recently redirecting all traffic through to, which provided uncensored results in a recognisable language for Chinese surfers. Now that procedure has changed and simply provides a link to instead.

How long until the Chinese government ask Google to remove that option though?

And going by Google's recent backtracking, it will probably do as it's told.

We are very pleased that the government has renewed our ICP license and we look forward to continuing to provide web search and local products to our users in China.  (original post) Ever since we launched, our search engine for mainland Chinese users, we have done our best to increase access to information while abiding by Chinese law. This has not always been an easy balance to strike, especially since our January announcement that we were no longer willing to censor results on  We currently automatically redirect everyone using to, our Hong Kong search engine. This redirect, which offers unfiltered search in simplified Chinese, has been working well for our users and for Google. However, it’s 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 (it’s up for renewal on June 30). Without an ICP license, we can’t operate a commercial website like—so Google would effectively go dark in China.  That’s a prospect dreaded by many of our Chinese users, who have been vocal about their desire to keep alive. We have therefore been looking at possible alternatives, and instead of automatically redirecting all our users, we have started taking a small percentage of them to a landing page on that links to—where users can conduct web search or continue to use services like music and text translate, which we can provide locally without filtering. This approach ensures we stay true to our commitment not to censor our results on and gives users access to all of our services from one page.  Over the next few days we’ll end the redirect entirely, taking all our Chinese users to our new landing page—and today we re-submitted our ICP license renewal application based on this approach.  As a company we aspire to make information available to users everywhere, including China. It’s why we have worked so hard to keep alive, as well as to continue our research and development work in China. This new approach is consistent with our commitment not to self censor and, we believe, with local law. We are therefore hopeful that our license will be renewed on this basis so we can continue to offer our Chinese users services via  Posted by David Drummond, SVP, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer  Permalink  Share: An update on China  Labels: Asia, free expression, policy and issues, privacy  Links to this post    La Cina ha rinnovato la licenza a Google | setteB.IT     Il motore di ricerca può continuare ad operare come fornitore di contenuti nel paese che censura i risultati. Solo a fine giugno Google sperava di ottenere il.      Posted by Fabio M. 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Pero esto no le ha funcionado más que durante un tiempo. ...      Posted by Iván Lasso at 07:26    Google adopta una nueva estrategia con China     La decisión de Google de “abandonar” China debido a la censura impuesta a su motor de búsqueda ( ya los ataques informáticos sufridos por Gmail provenientes desde esta nación, podría tener los días contados. ...      Posted by ZooTV at 07:11    Google's Eric Schmidt says smartphones 'are the future for the world'     Reading between the lines of his latest interview, Google CEO Eric Schmidt suggests just why Google is going up against Apple in the mobile space, saying smartphones are "the future for Google and the world.” ...      Posted by Jonny Evans at 06:48    Google Vs China     The saga continues and the statement below from Google's blog shows how reluctant it is to pull out of such a lucrative market, while at the same time trying to remain loyal to its own pledge of providing uncensored results. ...      Posted by Blenx at 06:48    Google Vs China     The saga continues (see Google threatens to pull out of China) and the statement below from Google's blog shows how reluctant it is to pull out of such a lucrative market, while at the same time trying to remain loyal to its own pledge ...      Posted by Blenx at 06:48    Google to Stop Redirecting Chinese Search Traffic to Hong Kong Site     Google will stop redirecting Chinese users to its uncensored Hong Kong site as it looks to maneuver itself into a more conciliatory posture. 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In a statement released today, Google announced that it would stop redirecting search traffic from China's landing page to Hong Kong's page Google initially started redirecting traffic in January in an ...      Posted by Andrew Munchbach at 06:12    Chinese Government Throws Google a Lemon: Google Tries to Make ...     Back in January, Google threatened to pull out of China and promised to stop censoring results served to Chinese users. They followed through on their promise in March and started redirected all users to the uncensored ...      Posted by Pallab De at 06:03    Google To Stop Redirecting Chinese Users To Hong Kong     Back in March Google [GOOG] decided to redirect its Chinese search users to their Hong Kong site in an attempt to get round the censorship dispute they were having with the Chinese Government. Now it looks like Google has had a change ...      Posted by Roland Hutchinson at 05:38    630     An update on China ...      Posted by at 05:32    An update on China     Posted by David Drummond, SVP, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer (Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog) Ever since we launched, our search engine for mainland Chinese users, we have done our best to increase ...      Posted by Google Public Policy Blog at 05:28    Will Google's Newest Compromise Appease China?     Can Google stay in China without censoring its search results? It's been trying to do so for the past three months. But that may be ending soon. Or not. Since March, Google (GOOG) has been automatically routing visitors to, ...      Posted by Peter Kafka at 05:15    Google re-boots China adventure     p2pnet view Politics| Advertising:- China is the world's largest expanding market. For the moment, its Communist leaders have it under tight control. But that won't last forever. 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