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Google seeks negotiations with China, denies pulling business from China

Google, one of the world’s most popular search engines and Internet advertisers, is denying claims from local media and blogs that it has already pulled its business from China, after suffering a sophisticated cyber-attack on its network that resulted in theft of its intellectual property. “Google has denied that, saying the company is still in the process of scanning its internal networks since the cyber-attack in mid-December. Google also said it would hold talks with the Chinese government over the next few weeks. China has tried to play down Google’s threat to leave, saying there were many ways to resolve the issue, but insisting all foreign companies, Google included, must abide by Chinese laws.”[…]“Washington said it is issuing a diplomatic note to China formally requesting an explanation for the attacks. The Google issue risks becoming another irritant in China’s relationship with the United States, already strained by arguments over the Chinese currency’s exchange rate, trade protectionism and U.S. arms sales to Taiwan. Washington has long been worried about Beijing’s cyber-spying program.”[…] “On Saturday, Yahoo was dragged into the growing row after its Chinese partner Alibaba Group slammed its statements supporting Google.”


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