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Google ‘set to close Chinese site’

After weeks of doubt over whether Google would stay or go, the web giant now looks ready to close its Chinese website, google.cn, over web censorship.

After a blog posting this year suggested that the search engine was to reconsider how it did business in China, reports over the weekend suggested that the company could announce the closure of google.cn as early as today. And that news has sparked furious broadsides in the Chinese state media.

“It is unfair for Google to impose its own value and yardsticks on Internet regulation to China,” said one piece on state news website, Xinhua. The piece, signed by three Xinhua writers, predicted that, “one company's ambition to change China's internet rules and legal system will only prove to be ridiculous”.

Google's exit has been on the cards since the search engine complained that its servers had been attacked by hackers in China. “We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results,” legal officer David Drummond said.