Daily Management Review

China ready to unban Google


American technology corporation Google keeps discussing with the Chinese authorities on a possibility of its return to the Chinese market.

Some of Google's services have been blocked in the PRC in the summer of 2014. The Chinese authorities blocked Gmail mail client in December 2014, and in August 2015 the site of Alphabet, created by Google in the framework of restructuring, was banned on the territory of China as well.

"China is in contact with Google through various channels. Last year, leadership of an important national agency has had further links with Google", newspaper South China Morning Post quoted Liu Binjie, a member of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress and former Head of the Main Press and Publications Department of the People's Republic of China. 

According to him, Google Scholar is one of prioritized Google services that the Chinese authorities can allow to return to the market. However, he did not name any time frame when Google could return to the Chinese market.

As stated by parliamentarians, the search engine for scientific literature Google Scholar is one of the priority services for permission to return through the Great Firewall. According to representatives of the Chinese authorities, this will help local scientists gain access to academic knowledge. Such intentions seem quite logical in solving the problem of increasing competitiveness of educational institutions and raising their ratings.

Currently there are 135 of the world's 1000 most popular websites are blocked in China, including Google, YouTube, social networks Twitter, Facebook, previously noted newspaper South China Morning Post with reference to Greatfire.org, which tracks websites blocked in China.

In recent years, the PRC has adopted a number of documents that require national Internet companies and the media to carefully monitor quality of information disseminated on the Internet. The Chinese authorities in 2009 began to use a powerful Internet filter called Great Firewall of China. In this regard, a number of human rights organizations of the West accused the Chinese authorities of introducing Internet censorship for their own users.

At the same time, foreign companies are welcome here, but only in case of strict control over content of all publications. 

source: scmp.com