Annals of Cyber-Diplomacy: One Extra Click Keeps Google Alive in China

Google announced today that China had renewed its license as an Internet content provider. In January, in a public showdown over China’s Internet-censoring policies, Google shut down the Chinese-approved search engine at, automatically redirecting users instead to the uncensored Hong Kong Google page .

This week, with China maintaining that the redirect was illegal, Google brought back a freestanding page —now with a link to the Hong Kong site. That cosmetic-seeming solution was apparently good enough for the authorities.