Microsoft woos China in Google's absence

Microsoft wants to strengthen its position in the Chinese market to exploit the absence of Google

The software giant delivered a statement assuring Chinese users that it will continue to offer its services in the country and will adhere to the laws of the nation. The convicted monopolist said it will also advocate for freedom of information over the Internet if ever the need for it arises - like when its business interests are threatened.

The company made it clear that it had no plans to follow Google out of China and added: "We believe engagement in global markets is important, as an open and healthy Internet involves not only access to information, but access to network connectivity."

The Chinese government said it was 'shocked' by the antics of Google

An official in charge of the Internet bureau under the State Council Information Office said Google had "violated its written promise it made when entering the Chinese market by stopping filtering its searching service and blaming China in insinuation for alleged hacker attacks."

"This is totally wrong. We're uncompromisingly opposed to the politicisation of commercial issues, and express our discontent and indignation to Google for its unreasonable accusations and conducts," the official said.

"Foreign companies must abide by Chinese laws and regulations when they operate in China," the official said.