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China fails to act against Google as it tries to defuse row

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Peter Foster
London Telegraph
Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

The Chinese government has done nothing to stop internet searches being re-routed to an unrestricted Google site as it attempted to defuse its dispute with the computer giant.

Officials in Beijing had been expected to step in to stop users being redirected to the firm’s Hong Kong website but instead simply condemned the move.

Despite Google’s decision, Chinese users are unable to gain to access to restricted websites as “firewalls” remained in place to filter out banned content.

International civil rights groups described Google’s surprise move as “a crucial moment” for freedom of expression in China.

However, the Beijing government sought to downplay the impact of the move to the level of a simple commercial dispute.

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