Schmidt Says Google Aims to Put Pressure on China

In Davos, Google CEO Eric Schmidt explains Google’s position in China:

“We love what China is doing as a country and its growth,” Schmidt said today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “We just don’t like the censorship. We hope to apply some negotiation or pressure to make things better for the Chinese people.”

Google said this month that it would stop censoring results and might shut down the Google.cn site and offices in China. The company made the decision after discovering a “highly sophisticated” attack on its computer system and evidence that human-rights activists were targeted.

Schmidt said today that he doesn’t want to close the Mountain View, California-based company’s operations in China. Last week, Schmidt said that Google continues to follow Chinese law and provides censored results on its Web site. He said that in a “reasonably short time from now, we will be making some changes there.”

“We’ve made a strong statement that we wish to remain in China,” Schmidt said during a call with analysts.