Google has made serious noise about pulling out of China although that has abated in the past month or so. Yet the government of China seems to have been kept in the dark.
Miao Wei, vice-minister of the MIIT, at the sidelines of the annual session of the National People’s Congress, said, "We have yet to have any direct contacts or negotiations with them on this topic."
He added that Google had never filed reports over alleged internet regulations and cyber attacks to the ministry or requests for negotiations. It had also never informed the ministry that it was planning to withdraw from China.
He said, "If Google decides to continue its business in China and abides by China’s laws, it’s welcome to stay. If the company chooses to withdraw from the Chinese market, it must go through certain procedures according to the law and regulations and deal with customers’ problems that may arise."
Miao also said he didn’t think the Google incident should affect relations between China and the US.
China Daily reported that Miao Wei said Google had studied China’s laws and regulations before it entered the Chinese market in 2007 and had pledged in written form to abide by the laws and regulations.