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China's Digital Censorship Battle Heats Up

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Google says it is closing its Web site in mainland China. Instead, it will redirect users to an uncensored version of Google where searches are not censored: Hong Kong.

"I don't know what the Chinese government will do to Google next," Blogger Zhou "Zuola" Shuguang told The Associated Press. "But I welcome the move and support Google because an uncensored search engine is something that I need."

China's cabinet called the move wrong and unreasonable. "We're uncompromisingly opposed to the politicization of commercial issues, and express our discontent and indignation to Google for its unreasonable accusations and conducts," a cabinet official told the Xinhua News Agency.

Mainland China Web surfers are blocked from accessing sites including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, according to The AP.