It’s official, Google has redirected its China search service, due to censorship laws, to Hong Kong. This basically means any user who attempts to access are being redirected to The company “intends to continue research and development work in China and maintain a sales presence there, though the size of the salesforce will be partly dependent on the ability of mainland Chinese users to access” Video after the break.

The decision comes amid heightened tensions between China and the United States over a range of issues from Internet freedom to the yuan exchange rate, from economic sanctions on Iran to U.S. weapons sales to Taiwan.

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