China renews Google’s license despite controversy and tension

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BEIJING—Google Inc. said Friday that China’s government renewed a license the company needed to continue using its Chinese Web address, despite tensions over censorship requirements.

Google is “very pleased that the government has renewed” its Internet Content Provider license, and “we look forward to continuing to provide web search and local products to our users in China,” said Chief Legal Officer David Drummond in a company blog post.

A spokesman for China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Industry declined to comment, but said he expects a notice related to Google’s status to be posted on the ministry’s website.

Google’s shares were up 2.2% to $466.69 in early Friday trading in New York.

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