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Google's Sergey Brin says he's optimistic about staying in China

February 12, 2010 | 12:58 pm

Inquiring minds want to know: Is Google pulling out of China?

The Internet giant has said little after promising a "new approach" in China last month in the wake of cyber attacks that it said emanated from the Asia superpower.

BrinIn a short Q&A with Chris Anderson at the TED conference in Long Beach, Google co-founder Sergey Brin briefly discussed the situation. All Things D's Kara Swisher was on top of his remarks. The remarks were interesting because Brin was the one who advocated leaving China.

Brin said the attacks "might represent a fragment" of the Chinese government but did not give specifics, Swisher reported. Brin also said he wished all targeted companies would step forward.

He also reiterated a pledge not to censor search results in China, except gambling or pornographic content, which violate Chinese law. That is similar to the stance Google takes in other countries.

Brin claimed to be "always optimistic," but said he did not know how the situation would turn out.

“We want to find a way to work within the Chinese system,” Brin said. "A lot of people might think I am naive and that might be true.”

-- Jessica Guynn

Photo: Google co-founders Sergey Brin, left, and Larry Page. Credit: Chris Hondros / Getty Images.