Google recruiting in China despite withdrawal threat
US Internet giant Google has posted ads for dozens of positions in
its China business, suggesting it may be rethinking its threat to leave
the country over cyberattacks and online censorship.
Google is seeking to hire 40 staff, including engineers, sales
managers and research scientists in Beijing, Shanghai and the southern
city of Guangzhou, according to advertisements seen on its website
The job ads - the first since Google threatened to shut down its
Chinese language search engine google.cn rather than bow to government
censors - could mean the firm planned to stay in China, tech analyst Li
"They are in the process of resolving this issue (with the
government)," said Li, a Beijing-based analyst at research firm Analysys
"Their business in China won't change too much this year." Google
threatened in January to leave China over what it said were cyberattacks
aimed at its source code and at the Gmail accounts of Chinese human
rights activists around the world.
Meanwhile, Google has continued to filter search engine results in
China, which has the world's largest number of online users at 384
A spokeswoman for Google China did not respond to emails or phone
calls from AFP seeking confirmation of the recruitment drive and the
status of Google's talks with Beijing.
Google representatives and Chinese officials were to resume talks in
the coming days after a break for China's Lunar New Year holiday, the
Wall Street Journal reported last week.
The talks will centre on whether the US firm can deliver unfiltered
Internet search results in China, the report said.
Google China spokeswoman Marsha Wang told AFP Tuesday she had no
updates on plans for talks when asked about the report.