The battle between Google and the Chinese government appears to have ended in a score-draw.
Google can truthfully say that it has stopped censoring search results in China, fulfilling the promise it made at the end of last year. Its Chinese search business is effectively moribund in the country but it can continue to operate in other areas like music, so that Chinese citizens remain aware of its brand.
The Chinese government has made sure that its citizens cannot receive unfiltered search results because searches have to pass back from Hong Kong through the firewall where sensitive material can be removed.
A source at Google said: "We've had a lot of messages from China saying don't let Google go dark -we've managed to do that while staying true to our principles. " [news.bbc.co.uk...]
So it is censorship of a sort , despite the article saying it's not .... and nothing surprises me as I have visited many Middle Eastern countries where you cannot obtain certain results.
Google has to co operate with Governments if it is to distribute it's product there and although China is one where a lot of noise has been made about , it's going on all over the place in different forms.