Outgoing CEO Eric Schmidt has voiced his intentions to expand Google's presence in China, the single largest Internet market in the world.
In an interview with the BBC, during the World Economic Forum in Davos, he said that it was only natural that countries want to ensure companies stay in-line with their political and cultural norms. But he added that there were “censorship laws that we simply do not like,” referring to Google's well publicised spat with China over censoring its search results.
Schmidt, who is set to be replaced as CEO by Google co-founder Larry Page later this year, said that he was also keen on finding a Chinese partner for the Android mobile operating system.
The CEO admitted that the company was late in adding social capabilities to its services but said that Google remained an “innovator and leader at scale”.
He also criticised social networks for being "walled gardens" for not allowing Google to access user data, saying: "These closed systems of information threaten to some degree the... openness and accessibility of the [web]."