Internet giant Google is to block politically sensitive terms from its search engine on a new Chinese site. The company says it is the price to be paid for access to the world’s number two internet market. Google is to launch a China-based site, google.cn, following in the footsteps of rivals such as Yahoo and Microsoft.
And like them, it will have to limit the results from searches on sensitive issues such as the Falun Gong spiritual movement and Taiwanese independence. Google bosses say it is better to offer limited information in China than none at all. But given the political climate, they have decided not to launch email or blog services yet.