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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


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