White House disappointed Google and China can’t agree on Internet search engine’s operationBy AP
Monday, March 22, 2010
White House disappointed Google, China at odds
WASHINGTON — The White House says it’s disappointed that Google and the Chinese government have been unable to reach an agreement that would allow the Internet search engine to operate freely in China.
Google on Monday stopped censoring the Internet for China by shifting its search engine off the mainland. Visitors to Google.cn were being redirected to Google’s Chinese-language service based in Hong Kong.
National Security Council spokesman Mike Hammer says Google made a decision based on what it believes is best for the company, and he referred questions to the company.
Hammer says the administration believes freedom of expression and unfettered access to information are internationally recognized rights.
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