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UPDATED: 14:41, February 22, 2006
Result of government inquiry into Google license controversy to be published soon: Chinese ministry
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The Chinese Ministry of Information Industry Wednesday said it had finished investigating the licensing case about Google's new China site and that its findings will soon be publicized.

Ministry spokesman Wang Lijian told Xinhua Wednesday that the ministry paid great attention to the case of Google.cn upon its reporting by the media.

Wang said the ministry is taking a circumspect attitude in dealing with the case.

According to Wang, the Beijing Communications Administration was still investigating the problem and that its results, too, will soon be published.

Google was reported on Tuesday to not have obtained the Internet Content Provider (ICP) licence needed to operate its new China searching cite -- Google.cn in China.

Google.cn was launched by Google.Inc during the recent Chinese Spring Festival period.

A Hoffman Agency Google spokeswoman denied media reports Tuesday evening and said Google's licensing was "totally within the legal framework."

Google has been using the ICP license of a Chinese company, Ganji.com, under a business partnership. On the Google.cn screen, the licence number is displayed at the bottom of the page.

The practice has been followed by many international Internet companies in China. Currently, Yahoo Inc. and EBay Inc. both have similar license arrangements with Google Inc.

President of Google's China company Li Kaifu told the press that using another company's ICP license is a common practice taken by many international companies at early transition phases after entering China.

Li said Google has had close contact with the Chinese government since it entered China. As a law-abiding company, Google is willing to receive guidance from the Chinese government, he said.

According to Li, Google plans to apply for governmental approval for operating a business in China after its transition term. Joint ventures or buying stakes are among the business possibilities for Google, but Google will make the final decision based on the Chinese government's suggestions, said Li.

Source: Xinhua


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