In theory, China would have been a natural target for Yahoo. The company has experimented there for years and Carol Bartz, who took over as chief executive in January, has made international expansion a high priority, especially in countries where internet penetration still has a long way to go.
This year, the Chinese government began a crackdown on Google. The site was blocked for a period and YouTube, Google’s video-sharing website, has been unavailable in China since March. A senior executive at Yahoo, said, "This shows us that things are not getting better in China for foreign internet companies and that there is no level playing field emerging, not even for Google."
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