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MINISTRY of Commerce spokesman Yao Jian said yesterday that the ministry had received no indication from Google that the company will leave China.

"So far, the MOC and Beijing Municipal Commission of Commerce have received no reports that Google would withdraw investment from China, or withdraw from the Chinese market," Yao told a regular press conference.

He said China's investment environment had gradually improved since the implementation of the reform and opening-up policy. China would continue to provide a sound investment environment for overseas investors.

Foreign businesses should respect laws and regulations, the public interest, traditional culture, and policies of their host countries, Yao said.

On Tuesday, Google's corporate development and chief legal officer, David Drummond, noted the possibility that Google may "shut down, and potentially our offices in China."

The statement said disputes with the government and unidentified attacks targeting Google's services in China forced the company to review "the feasibility of our business operations in China."


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