China Won’t Limit Google’s Android

Despite the ongoing tensions between the two sides, the Chinese government is allowing Google to sell its android phone in China, as long as local laws are followed. From the Wall Street Journal:

The Chinese government won’t limit the use of Google Inc.’s Android operating system for mobile devices by Chinese telecommunications operators, a Ministry of Industry and Information Technology spokesman said.

The comments were China’s first official word on the future of the Android operating system since Google’s announcement more than two weeks ago that it will stop obeying government censorship rules on its Chinese search site as a result of concerns over hacking and censorship. The spokesman’s comments suggest the government might be open to letting parts of Google’s business continue to function in China despite that announcement, which Google has said might require it to close its China offices.

“As long as it complies with Chinese laws and regulations, and as long as it has good cooperation with operators…their use of the system won’t be limited.” MIIT spokesman Zhu Hongren said Wednesday at an annual news briefing.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she will discuss the issue of Internet freedom with Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi at a meeting in London this week, Reuters reports.

January 27, 2010 10:41 PM
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