How to know which Google services are available in China

GOOGLE has updated its approach to China. The company announced that it is no longer continuing censorship of results on Google Search, Google News, and Google Images on Google China (google.cn).

Starting Monday, March 22, users visiting Google.cn are being redirected to Google.com.hk.

"So earlier today we stopped censoring our search services—Google Search, Google News, and Google Images—on Google.cn. Users visiting Google.cn are now being redirected to Google.com.hk, where we are offering uncensored search in simplified Chinese, specifically designed for users in mainland China and delivered via our servers in Hong Kong. Users in Hong Kong will continue to receive their existing uncensored, traditional Chinese service, also from Google.com.hk. Due to the increased load on our Hong Kong servers and the complicated nature of these changes, users may see some slowdown in service or find some products temporarily inaccessible as we switch everything over," David Drummond, SVP, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer, posted on the official blog.

While this move could increase access to information for people in mainland China, Google embraces the possibility that the Chinese Government will block access to its services anytime soon.

"We believe this new approach of providing uncensored search in simplified Chinese from Google.com.hk is a sensible solution to the challenges we've faced—it's entirely legal and will meaningfully increase access to information for people in China. We very much hope that the Chinese government respects our decision, though we are well aware that it could at any time block access to our services," Drummond wrote.

Which Google services are available in China

The company has created a new webpage called "Mainland China service availability" which offers a summary of Google service accesibility from within mainland China. The site can be accessed via this link.

Mainland China service availability

It can be recalled that Google and more than twenty other U.S. companies had been the victims of a sophisticated cyber attack originating from China on January 12, 2010.