In order to better optimize resources, we have decided to close the shopping search service in China. Shopping search the original intention of the development of this product is to set up a bridge between consumers and retailers and traders. Influence after the release of this product, however, did not meet our expectations, we will close this service in China. But we remained unchanged commitment to export goods to other countries around the world and help the Chinese businessmen, Chinese traders can still use Google Shopping to reach consumers in other markets. Accordingly, the future we will focus on mobile advertising AdMob application products, mobile and desktop display advertising products, export-oriented search advertising products. The closure of the shopping search service will be effective on December 12, 2012. Google Closes Shopping Search In China [translate.google.com]
I was pretty sure this wasn't an official Google news story because of the subject and poor grammar but there it is. Wow, Google must really not be making any money in China to shut down what should be a cash cow affiliate portal. Do you get the feeling we don't know the whole story?
No, no, no..The primary intention of the development of the shopping search service was to make more money for big G, nothing more, nothing less! Glad somebody can put big G in their own shoes for once even if it takes a whole country to do it.