Sundar Pichai made a strong case for search giant’s return to China

Vastavam web: Google’s India-born CEO Sundar Pichai today made a strong case for the search giant’s return to China, saying it is already helping Chinese companies gain global access.Google was shut down in China in 2010 following a showdown with the government over censor policies. Since then Google, Gmail, Youtube and its other products are banned in the world’s second largest economy.”Many small and medium-sized businesses in China take advantage of Google to get their products to many other countries outside of China,” Pichai told the meeting, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.
After the ban, Google subsequently shifted its operations to Hong Kong.In its absence, Chinese firms like Tencent, Alibaba, Baidu and JD.com emerged most powerful players in China and abroad.Apple this year agreed to the Chinese government’s requests to remove dozens of virtual private network (VPN) apps services that allow Chinese users to access blocked websites from its local App Store.Skype, the calling app, was removed from its mainland App Store this autumn.In his address, Cook said “the theme of this conference developing a digital economy for openness and shared benefits is a vision we at Apple share”, adding that Apple “is proud to have worked alongside many of our partners in China to help build a community that will join a common future in cyberspace”.
The World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, near Shanghai, is an annual gathering of mainly Chinese internet officials and internet company executives as well as bureaucrats from developing countries.The Chinese government uses the event to pursue its argument that its censorship and regulation of the internet does not harm the development of technology and business prosperity.Cook is a frequent visitor to China and was last in the country five weeks ago.The Apple chief executive’s presence indicates the importance of the Chinese market for the iPhone maker, even though Apple’s market share of China’s smartphone market is shrinking.