Google has recently stopped its services in China on Google.cn domain, rather the visitors from china will now be redirected to the hongkong domain google.com.hk to provide uncensored search to chinese people “legally”. However China has termed this act as violation of the promise by Google. An official for the State Council Information Office said:
This is totally wrong. We’re uncompromisingly opposed to the politicization of commercial issues, and express our discontent and indignation to Google for its unreasonable accusations and conducts.
The mainland Google China servers has been given early retirement. SVP of Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer David Drummond said on official Google Blog:
We very much hope that the Chinese government respects our decision, though we are all aware that it could at any time block access to our services.
The Hong Kong servers are expected to have slow performance for some time too because of the suddent expanded load of users, until it is dealed and managed.
This decision has been taken by the executives in the US and not by the China employees and should not be held responsible for this act and will continue working on the mainland China. Also the sales presence will remain.
Google has created a China Service Availability page promising it to be updated daily to see what parts of Google’s business are being blocked by the country at the given time. Many of them are already blocked, including youtube, google sites, blogger and partial blocks of Docs, Picasa and Groups.