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Prior to Google China's establishment, Google.com itself was accessible, even though much of its content was not accessible due to censorship. According to official statistics, google.com was accessible 90% of the time, and a number of services were not available at all. [Official Google Blog: Google in China] , January 27, 2006.

Since announcing its intent to comply with [Internet censorship laws in the People's Republic of China] , Google China had been the focus of controversy over what critics view as capitulation to the " [Golden Shield Project] ". Due to its self-imposed censorship, whenever people searched for prohibited Chinese keywords on a blocked list maintained by the PRC government, google.cn displayed the following at the bottom of the page (translated): In accordance with local laws, regulations and policies, part of the search result is not shown. Some searches, such as (as of June 2009) " [Tank Man] " were blocked entirely, with only the message "Search results may not comply with the relevant laws, regulations and policy, and can not be displayed" appearing.

Google argued that it could play a role more useful to the cause of free speech by participating in China's IT industry than by refusing to comply and being denied admission to the mainland Chinese market. "While removing search results is inconsistent with Google's mission, providing no information (or a heavily degraded user experience that amounts to no information) is more inconsistent with our mission," a statement said.BBC News. " [Google censors itself for China] ." BBC News , January 25, 2006.

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