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said it is trying alternatives on how users in China can access its service.
Earlier this year, Google stopped censoring its search results in China, and since then it has been automatically
everyone using Google.cn to Google.com.hk, its Hong Kong search engine. But Google said Chinese government officials find the redirect unacceptable and if it continues to redirect users its license, which expires Wednesday, won't be renewed.
Therefore, Google said instead of automatically redirecting its users, it has started taking a small percentage of them to a landing page on Google.cn that links to Google.com.hk, where users can continue to do searches and access other services, which Google can provide locally without filtering.
"This approach ensures we stay true to our commitment not to censor our results on Google.cn and gives users access to all of our services from one page," wrote David Drummond, Google's senior vice president, corporate development and chief legal officer, on the company's blog.
"This new approach is consistent with our commitment not to self censor and, we believe, with local law," Drummond added.
Google said it has resubmitted its license renewal application based on this new approach.
-- Reported by Joseph Woelfel in New York.
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