Google Cloud Rumored to Enter China Through Chinese Cloud Computing Provider

Capital Online, a Chinese cloud computing service provider, announced via its Wechat official account on Sept. 4 that the company would be bringing Google Cloud back to the Chinese mainland and the matter was under negotiation. However, the surprising announcement was quickly deleted hours after its release.

The leaked article claimed the two parties have already established this partnership as early as August. The news, however, has yet to be confirmed.

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Capital Online is a listed company specialized in providing cloud computing services for small and medium-sized companies. It has established several cloud service platforms in Beijing, Shanghai and Wuhan as well as other cities in the United States. The company is founded in 2015 and became listed on National Equities Exchange and Quotations (NEEQ) in 2010. The company’s stock is currently suspended, with previous announcements indicating “major issues in terms of asset purchases in progress”.

Google has been designing a censored version of its search engine specifically for China, according to Reuters on Aug. 1. Bloomberg also reported during early August that Google has been negotiating with Tencent, Inspur, and other Chinese partners to return to the Chinese market in the form of cloud service and has shortlisted three candidates in March. The selected partner would be responsible for providing services such as Google Drive and Google Docs for their Chinese customers through their servers.

People’s Daily, the state-owned mouthpiece of China, posted on its Twitter account on Aug. 6 that “Google is welcome to return the Chinese mainland but it must comply with local laws. All foreign internet companies in China should respect China’s internet management.” Although Google is strongly intended to return to China and has made some progress, there is still a long way to go for the global tech giant.