Google may close China search engine over censorship issue

Google-ChinaThe ongoing dispute between Search engine giant Google and Chinese authorities over censorship dispute is set to take new twist with the company is learnt to have decided to shut down China search engine.

Google retains about 33 percent of the market share in China and is giving a stiff competition to the China-based, homegrown leader- Baidu which controls 63 percent market share according to the survey conducted by China iResearch Consulting in January.

It should be recalled that China has already banned Facebook, YouTube and Twitter and it is widely believed that it is preparing to survive without Google taking the dispute to new heights. Eric Schmidt, Google's Chief Executive, had already cleared the stand of the company while speaking to media persons in Abu Dhabi recently.

James Lewis, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies told, "It looks like Google will be gone". Hal Sirkin, a senior partner at the Boston Consulting Group said that companies should remain very cautious in leaving China given to the large number of opportunities available in the growing economy of the country.