Internet giant Google said Tuesday it will stop automatically redirecting Chinese users to an uncensored site in Hong Kong.
Google's chief legal officer, David Drummond, said on the company's blog that Chinese government officials found the practice unacceptable, and continuing to redirect users would threaten the renewal of Google's Internet Content Provider license.
The U.S. web giant effectively shut down its Chinese-language search engine in January because of censorship and cyber attacks, and automatically re-routed users to the Hong Kong site.
Google's license is up for renewal Wednesday.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP.