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Tensions between the government of China and the search engine Google have escalated to a point where Google will now move its China-based service to Hong Kong. KSMU’s Matt Evans spoke with the director of the China programs at Missouri State University to see how this will affect the university’s programs there.
Now when anyone in the world tries to go to google.cn – that’s the Chinese Google site - they will be redirected to google.com.hk.
This is because of a decision from Google to move the site to its Hong Kong servers after a dispute with the Chinese government based on censorship of information. Jim Baker is the director of the China programs at Missouri State University.
“The level of impact from a learning standpoint for our students will be relatively small.”
Baker says Google’s decision shouldn’t affect the learning of students, but could affect other aspects of their lives.
“As young individuals, it’ll have an impact because of the level of searching that takes place would be kind of impacted because of censorship issues and so on.”
There are around 900 Missouri State University students in China.
Baker says students still have full access to the university library on the campus in Dahlin.
In America, Google dominates the search-engine market; in China, Google has around 36% of the market.
For KSMU News, I’m Matt Evans.