Google's Asia government affairs chief addressing students at the University of Hong Kong said that Google remains "committed to China and to our Chinese users" but added that its future in Mainland China is "uncertain." Mainland access to Google's Hong Kong website is occasionally blocked, driving some users to local competitors like market leader Baidu.com.
"Disruptions like this to typical users can be often unsettling, so our future in China I think is very uncertain," Ross LaJeunesse said, adding, however, "we remain committed to China and to our Chinese users."
Google still maintains research and advertising sales offices in China and recently went on a hiring spree for 40 positions, sparking speculation that it was preparing to relaunch its search engine in the country.
"We're going to try and do our very best in China to stay there and build up our market share," he said.