Google is in talks with Tencent, Inspur and others about partnering to run Google’s cloud services in China, according to this Bloomberg report. It’s the latest sign of Google’s ambitions to re-enter China, which it left in 2010. We wrote earlier this week that Google is developing a news-aggregation app for China. Our report followed a report in The Intercept that Google was developing a search tool to launch in the country. When it comes to China, it appears that Google isn’t looking to just dip a toe.
Reports of these movies have upset some Google employees and legislators, according to multiple reports. Six senators sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai questioning the move, especially around the censorship that Google would have to agree to and the potential for government surveillance. China is a massive untapped market for Google. But breaking back in will be an uphill battle.