MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. ( TheStreet) -- Google ( GOOG) could stop censoring its Web-search results in China within weeks but isn't likely to withdraw from the country entirely, a report says.

Google may end up making individual agreements with different Chinese agencies to allow it to operate some parts of its business in a patchwork arrangement, a person familiar with the talks told the Wall Street Journal. "There will be a way for Google to not pull out 100%," the person added.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt, at a media conference in Abu Dhabi, said "something will happen soon" as Google continues negotiations with the Chinese government over its future in the mainland.

At issue is whether Google can operate its Chinese search engine, Google.cn, without filtering out some results, and if not, what other aspects of its operations in China could continue to function, the Journal says. Other operations include sales, research and investments in some Chinese companies, the newspaper said.

"It's not going to be quite as clear cut as everybody has hoped," a source told the Journal. It is looking likely that Google will make agreements with specific Chinese ministries about various parts of its business throughout the country.

The Chinese government requires that Web search engines filter out some results, such as certain political speech and pornography.

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