The Chinese government has renewed Google's Internet Content Provider (ICP) license, it has been revealed. The new ICP will allow the search engine to continue operating in the country, despite disagreements between the company and the Chinese authorities over censored SERPs.
"We are very pleased that the government has renewed our ICP license and we look forward to continuing to provide web search and local products to our users in China," wrote Google's chief legal officer David Drummond on the official Google blog.
"Ever since we launched Google.cn, our search engine for mainland Chinese users, we have done our best to increase access to information while abiding by Chinese law. This has not always been an easy balance to strike," he continued.
Indeed, Google and the Chinese government clashed in January over the search engine's decision to offer unfiltered results in the country. The move by Google, which was prompted by