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Chinese get Google search results, but can't click through

March 22, 2010 |  2:45 pm

With Google redirecting users to its Hong Kong search engine, powerful new results now show up for sensitive subjects such as the June 4 Tiananmen crackdown, Taiwanese independence and the Dalai Lama.

But opening those links is another matter.

Connections to the banned search results are denied, much as they are for any foreign website under the purview of China’s censorship machinery, known as the Great Firewall.

Search for a forbidden term one too many times, and the connection to the Google site in Hong Kong returns an error message.

-- David Pierson, in Beijing