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Google's return to China paved with uncertainties: Experts

Local rivals brush off competition, while analysts point to risks of second Google exit

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When trainer Zhang He heard that Google may be returning to China, she was eager to share the news with her friends.

"Back in college (in 2007), I was really into a Japanese band and when I searched for them on Baidu, there were barely any hits," said the 33-year-old. "With Google, I could find their whole back catalogue."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 12, 2018, with the headline 'Google's return to China paved with uncertainties: Experts'. Subscribe