Over the next few days we’ll end the redirect entirely, taking all our Chinese users to our new landing page—and today we re-submitted our ICP license renewal application based on this approach.
As a company we aspire to make information available to users everywhere, including China. It’s why we have worked so hard to keep Google.cn alive, as well as to continue our research and development work in China. This new approach is consistent with our commitment not to self censor and, we believe, with local law. We are therefore hopeful that our license will be renewed on this basis so we can continue to offer our Chinese users services via Google.cn.
Chinese government is so evil. I'm really glad I wasn't born in there.
You can sum up this news as: "OK, we failed, let's try something else to see if it will work that time."
TOMHTML – The interesting thing is, I'm not sure which side your summary fits. In a way it fits both sides.
Google is in the Chinese censorship business again but nobody really noticed.
With the redirection, the fault was on Google if there is a forbidden search.
Now, the guilty is the chinese user who *chose* to click on the link to perform the search.
Not really. In fact, since google.cn does not provide search service anymore. So there is no censorship on Google.cn. On the other hand, without provide uncensored search service on google.cn, google.cn can renew its ICP licence now.
BTW, the ICP licence number is now back on Google.cn home page. With links.