Google Shuts Down its Translation Service in China

By Srikanth
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Previously in the year 2010, Google had pulled its search engine from China due to the mainland regime’s censorship of internet content. In 2017, to the users that belong to China, Google made its translation service available to them through a dedicated website and smartphone application.


As per the sources, it has come to know that the biggest search engine giant Google has taken over its Translate app for China. The web page Google reflects a photo of a generic search bar that directly redirects to Google’s Hong Kong translation site.

 Google Translate in mainland China has been barricaded due to low usage. Due to the mainland regime’s censorship of internet content, in 2010, Google pulled its search engine from China.

As per the information from a New York Times report in 2010, Google mentioned that the hackers in China had stolen some of its source code and dared to break into the Gmail accounts of some Chinese human rights advocates.

Some of the vital services like Google Maps and Gmail are also blocked by the Chinese government, which is the Mountain View-based search provider. One of the local search providers of China- Baidu, and the social media platform Tencent have been dominating the local internet landscape of the country. The platform made its translation service available to users in China in 2017 through a dedicated website and smartphone applications.

A CNBC report revealed that Google had made an attempt to re-enter the Chinese market with its search engine.

The recent tensions caught the American businesses between the US and China over the Taiwan issue. As per the reports of Bloomberg, Google’s rival Apple is now trying to reduce its dependency on China. Google had initiated to manufacture of some iPhone 14 models in India itself. A supplier like Foxconn Technology has recently agreed to a $300 million expansion of its production facilities in Vietnam.

The report also contains the fact that the US firms had directly invested $90 billion in China in late 2020. Along with this, the amount of $2.5 billion has also been included in the year 2021; this data has been compiled by the Chinese commerce ministry. The rate of the actual toll is higher as analysts predict some businesses have routed some investments through Hong Kong or via tax havens like the Cayman and the Virgin Islands.

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