Google announced in a blog post that it had shifted mainland Chinese users of its Chinese-language search engine Google.cn to an uncensored site in Hong Kong.
"Users visiting Google.cn are now being redirected to Google.com.hk, where we are offering uncensored search in simplified Chinese, specifically designed for users in mainland China and delivered via our servers in Hong Kong," wrote Chief Legal Officer David Drummond.
"We very much hope that the Chinese government respects our decision, though we are well aware that it could at any time block access to our services," Drummond wrote.
China reacted angrily to Google's move saying it was "totally wrong" to stop censorship and to blame Beijing for the alleged cyberattacks.
A Chinese official of the State Council Information Office said, "Google has violated its written promise it made when entering the Chinese market by stopping filtering its searching service."
On Jan 12, Google had announced that it would stop censoring results in its China search engine, Google.cn, because the company had been the victim of hacking attacks originating in China.