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Friday 20 April 2018

China ensures spat with Google is off the agenda

GOOGLE'S opposition to censorship in China was left off the table in Davos -- because the Chinese didn't want it to be discussed.

China's vice-premier Li Keqiang made that very clear, according to Josef Ackermann, the boss of Deutsche Bank and a co-chairman of this year's World Economic Forum.

He added, however, that Google itself had also "backed off a little bit".

Google chief executive Eric Schmidt didn't bring up the subject of China, a market that will account for €430m of his company's sales this year, according to JPMorgan Chase.

Last month, Google said it had been the subject of a "highly sophisticated" attack on its systems and that the gmail accounts of Chinese human-rights activists had been specifically targeted.

Davos participants debated technological topics, including social networking, but the conflict between China and Google never featured, even in a panel on the global dimensions of China's growth.

Irish Independent

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