BEIJING (AP) - Google is getting a testy response from Beijing to a decision to stop censoring its China-based search engine.
China's government called the move "totally wrong" and accused the company of violating written promises.
Google made the shift early today. Visitors to Google.cn are automatically redirected to the Chinese-language service based in Hong Kong, where Google is not legally required to censor searches.
The move, in effect, shifts the responsibility for censoring from Google and to the communist government, which operates an extensive monitoring and filtering system to block content deemed unacceptable.
A statement from Beijing carried by the official Xinhua News Agency also blasted Google for "blaming China in insinuation for alleged hacker attacks."
Much uncertainty remains about Google's operations in China.