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Google ‘99.9 Percent’ Sure to Shut Down in China

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Google Inc. has detailed plans to shut its search engine in China, the Financial Times reported today.

The company may make the decision very soon, while it will take time to carry out a closure to make sure staff don’t suffer reprisals from authorities, the paper said.  Marsha Wang, a Beijing-based spokeswoman for Google, said she had no comment on the report when reached by phone.

Google said on Jan. 12 that it will stop filtering results in China after what it called an infiltration of its technology and the e-mail accounts of Chinese human-rights activists. China  called Google’s plan  “unfriendly and irresponsible.”

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