"There are many, many areas where we would provide information better than what's available", explained Pichai.
Pichai's claim to be able to serve over 99% of the queries despite the censorship regime is disingenuous at best.
Many other services, including some global news agencies, Twitter, Facebook and Google services like Gmail and Google Drive, are also blocked in China. The Google CEO went on to give an example of how beneficial the service will be for the Chinese people, pointing out that current Chinese search products can return "fake" info for a query like "cancer treatments".
"It's a wonderful, innovative market".
"We wanted to learn what it would look like if Google were in China".
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Throughout this period, Google has fielded a barrage of criticism, from a senior scientist resigning from the company to senators fretting that the company would enable China's "repressing and manipulating" of its citizens.
Poulson said around five others also resigned for the same reason, although he registered his disappointment over the lack of widespread solidarity in opposition to Dragonfly. Now it seems they're attempting to re-enter the Chinese market. "People don't understand fully, but you're always balancing a set of values" when entering new countries", adding "but we also follow the rule of law in every country".
Google will still continue to work on contracts that deal with cyber-security as well as transportation and logistics.
Google's critics such as Sen. Going forward, Google is shying away from working with military-related projects over fears of public perception of the company. Google found that Chinese government censors would block less than 1% of users' searches, CNN quoted Pichai as saying.
Google has a strong position in China's mobile phone sector owing to the dominance of the company's Android operating system. That's why China has a censorship program, and why they make sure anyone doing business in China comes under their thumb - not to catch dissenters as much as to frighten people out of dissent altogether.
Unfortunately though, Google handles an very bad lot of searches. "This culminated in their refusal to disclose information about Project Dragonfly, a version of Google Search tailored to the censorship and surveillance demands of the Chinese government".