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Google arrives in China!
Subbranch opens in Shanghai.

 11:52 pm on Apr 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

This is a great news in these days. Google come to China and sale AdWords to Chinese customer directly.

But we can't see any information on Google site! Maybe google want to keep a secret on this thing by now!



 12:34 am on Apr 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

i wonder how they got that report?


 5:52 am on Apr 28, 2005 (gmt 0)


If you know Chinese, I think you can find lot of news on this thing! Just search on Google news, :)

I believe the news is true! The news said, google is preparing their new office in ShangHai. And the reproter get some offical infomation from Google's employeer.

Chinese news,


 6:13 am on Apr 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

Interesting stuff indeed.

Anyone care to link to an english translation of the news story.

I am headed out to Shanghai next week, so I wonder if they have their own AdWordsAdvisor out there ;)



 2:50 am on Apr 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

Google has arrived in China, and a unite has been setted up in shanghai which is ready to be decorated. Everything is on the status of preparing,a staff in china from Google said.

The unite seems somewhat desolate as there is only a few staffs from U.S. now, and the chinese staffs would be on duty after The Labor's Day holiday. She revealed that Google would offically connected with news and media soon.


 4:16 am on Apr 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the information lela. Do you have a set date for when Google China will open? I know that the Labor Day holiday is usually May 1, but that falls on a Sunday this year. Do you think the site will open next week, or the week after?

I notice that both the google.com.cn and google.cn domains are now resolving to Google sites, but not the Chinese version. A few years ago these domains were not the property of Google [webmasterworld.com]. We've had to use www.google.com/intl/zh-CN/ instead. Some enterprising Chinese people registered those names before Google could get to them. However, it looks like they're both owned by Google now.


 7:01 am on Apr 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hello,bill, you are right, both google.com.cn and google.cn domains are now belong to Google.
By checking from the CNNIC(China Internet Network Information Center) whoise, you can find that both of them are owned by Google Inc. now and overdue to the year of 2009.

As the search giant's habitual behavior, it run an underwork for setting up its chinese office. According to the latest news, there is even no signs indicating Google in its offices. So in China, no one could get official information from Google. One thing We could only do is to wait for Google's statement.

and yes, the 1st May falls on Sunday, and we always have seven days for the Labor's Day Holiday. In general, staffs would come back to work after the 7th May. Maybe there will some new info from Google then, I think.

I will pay close attention to it, and publish the newest info here :)


 8:36 am on Apr 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the confirmation lela. Japan is closed for much of next week as well for their Golden Week holidays, so it will be good to know I won't miss this if I happen to be away from my PC next week. ;)

Do we know that Google will be offering a full range of services including AdWords & AdSense in Chinese?

According to that article there is a rumor that the original president of Sohu will be joining the Google China team. I guess a lot of that is just speculation until there is a formal announcement from Google.


 3:13 pm on Apr 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

[interfax.cn...] is the best so far.

awaiting USA to send any official press release ...



 12:13 am on Apr 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thanks Shak. That looks like an English translation of the Chinese article posted earlier. I guess that's all we have to go with until Google makes it official.


 8:10 am on Apr 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

Good news to be shared.



 8:12 am on Apr 29, 2005 (gmt 0)


I did email my press contact at Google but haven't heard anything back, and neither has there been anything out on their official press bulletin.

so it's a wait and see game I think.



 1:00 am on Apr 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

it's a right decision for google. Time will prove google's insight. China's internet market is facing a historic change


 12:29 am on May 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'm currently in China, traveling here from Los Angeles.

I was really surprised that I couldn't see any adwords or log in...yet I could still see some very controversial sites on google...kinda strange..


 12:17 pm on May 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

For China SE market, it is a really big news.

I could guess, GG will pay great attention to its Chinese search reasult. That's good for Chinese users.

Yet, there are some difficulties in dealing with the regulations of China MII and Law.

It seem not a problem of technology but ideology.


 6:50 pm on May 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Time to remove those IP blocks :)


 2:24 am on May 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

i hope google will bring some job opportunities to us!


 12:51 pm on May 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

An important update on this from John Battelle:


Spoke with a Google spokesperson just now, who clarified the multiple reports, including mine, about Google's plans in China. Google is opening an office on the mainland, but the office is not an indication of a new operation, she told me. Rather, the company has obtained a license to open a "representative office" - which she described as a place where Google folks can work and hold meetings when they are visiting China. The goal is to spend more time in the country, get to know the local business and political infrastructure, and get smart about options moving forward. As to what those options are, Google had no comment, but did say it was considering a number of them.

The office is in a shared office space set up, the kind of place many businesses lease when they are starting out in a new country (I've done it before in London with The Standard). Apparently the local Hong Kong and Chinese press have had a field day with this story, going so far as to interview a woman who runs the leased office space and claim she was an employee of the company. "Google is committed to learning as much as it can about the local market," the real Google spokesperson told me. But she added that Google has not hired anyone in China. As to reports that Google had retained Victor Koo, she claimed to have no knowledge of that one way or another.


 1:57 pm on May 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

I think John sums it up pretty nicely, as this is very similar to what I have heard from HQ in Mountain View.

Doing business in China is slightly different than other places in the world :)



 3:25 pm on May 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

It seems that the media is finally picking the story up. Various outlets are publishing a story about this, such as the BBC [news.bbc.co.uk] which all look similar, apparently from a Reuters article, although no official press release as yet.

One interesting snippet is that Google has apparently received a licence for a "Representative Office" which restricts what they can and cannot do in China in terms of employment, investment and profit retrieval. Interesting.



 8:28 pm on May 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hey Shak,

Care to tell us what exactly you are doing in Shanghai whilst all this news is breaking?

Either you know something we don't (which I am sure you always do ;) ), or you really must be sick of living in East London.

Do tell.


 4:02 am on May 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

Keeping mystery is always google follows. Google's spoksman just made a strategic address to deceive the public, and the move may also dodge an open-eyed ball from the rivals. That's my opinion.

Even if finally it decided to operate here, Google won't make that publicly, unless it becomes childish and harebrained.

I can promise Google will soon start business runing in China. After all, this is a significant market that cann't to be ignored, and more important than any others.


 9:05 pm on May 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

It seems Google is expanding worldwide

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