Google has shut down its search engine in mainland China after it stopped redirecting users to its uncensored website in Hong Kong. It is still possible to get a Google search in mainland China, however. Chinese web surfers are able to click on a link on the Google.cn home page that takes them to the Hong Kong site.
Google began the practice began in March, following its decision to stop censoring search results in China. Facing further threats from the Chinese government, Google SVP and chief legal officer David Drummond said in a blog post on Tuesday that Google will stop redirecting Chinese users to Google.com.hk. Instead, Google plans to route them to a new landing page on Google.cn that links to Google.com.hk.
However there is no real reason for the Chinese to want to have Google in the country, particularly after it has publicly stated its opposition to the totalitarian government’s censorship rules.