►Google is testing a mobile version of its search engine that would adhere to China’s strict controls over content， a person familiar with the matter said， indicating renewed interest in a market that the Alphabet Inc. GOOGL - 0.24% unit abandoned eight years ago in protest over government censorship.
据知情人士透露，谷歌(Google)在测试遵守中国对互联网内容严格审查制度的移动版搜索引擎。这表明这家Alphabet Inc. GOOGL子公司在八年前为抗议政府审查放弃中国市场后又有意重新进入中国。
Plans for Google’s censored search product aren’t completed， and it may never come to fruition， the person said.
Chief among the hurdles， Google would need approval to re-enter the search market from Chinese authorities， who block access within the country to Google’s search engine as well as many other foreign news and social-networking sites.
If the effort were to proceed， it would mark a sharp about-face for Google that is certain to fuel controversy among human-rights advocates and many of its own employees， as well as U.S. politicians.
When Google abandoned its Chinese search operations in 2010 to protest the state’s censorship， co-founder Sergey Brin described the government as having the “earmarks of totalitarianism” of the Soviet Union， where he was born.
A Google spokeswoman noted that the company already offers several other apps in China， including one for translation， and that it works with Chinese developers and has invested in Chinese companies including e-commerce giant JD.com Inc.
Google’s Chinese search effort， which was reported earlier by the Intercept， is coming to light at a time of rising trade tensions between the U.S. and China， which also could complicate Google’s plans.
The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the Trump administration is considering more than doubling its proposed tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods to 25% as it seeks to pressure Beijing into further negotiations.