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Google has 'no plans' to launch Chinese search engine: CEO Sundar Pichai

Pichai told the committee he would be 'fully transparent' with policymakers if the company brings search products to China

Reuters  |  Washington 

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Chief Executive told a US congressional panel on Tuesday that the Alphabet Inc unit currently has "no plans" to launch a search engine in but did not rule out a future launch.

Pichai, who testified before the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, had told U.S. lawmakers in a letter in August that providing such a search engine would give "broad benefits" to but that it was unclear whether could launch the service there.

Pichai told the committee he would be "fully transparent" with policymakers if the company brings search products to

"Right now, there are no plans to launch search in China," Pichai testified. "Getting access to information is an important human right, so we always are compelled across the world to try hard to provide that information."

Lawmakers and hundreds of employees have raised concerns that Google would comply with China's internet censorship and surveillance policies if it re-enters the Chinese search engine market.

First Published: Wed, December 12 2018. 01:12 IST
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