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Google's application to renew its webpage license in China is currently under review with no set deadline, a government official said on Wednesday.
"Google's annual check-in is under way," Wang Lijian, chief propaganda official at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) told Reuters.
Wang said that Google's submission was "relatively late" and that he was not sure when the results would be out.
An update on China [googleblog.blogspot.com]
We are very pleased that the government has renewed our ICP license and we look forward to continuing to provide web search and local products to our users in China.
Does this mean the "censorship concerns" Google had earlier have somehow changed?
China satisfied with Google search engine tweak [reuters.com]
China is satisfied that U.S. Internet giant Google Inc is complying with Chinese laws after it tweaked the way it directs users to an unfiltered search page, a senior official said on Tuesday.
The comments from a Ministry of Industry and Information official largely echoed previous Chinese statements, but are still likely to be seen as good news for the company as Beijing has been coy about its long-term future in China.