US: Google in talks with Tencent, others for cloud services in China

Alphabet’s Google is in talks with Tencent Holdings, Inspur Group, and other Chinese companies to offer its cloud services in the mainland, Bloomberg reported on Friday, August 3, citing people familiar with the discussions.

The talks reportedly began in early 2018 and the internet giant narrowed partnership candidates to three firms in late March.

It is not immediately clear if the plans will proceed in the wake of increasing trade tensions between China and the United States, the report said.

Google, which quit China’s search engine market in 2010, has been actively seeking ways to re-enter China, where many of its products are blocked by regulators.

Through local partnerships, Google aims to run its internet-based services through the domestic data centers and servers of Chinese providers, similar to the way other US cloud companies access that market, the report said.

Full Content: Bloomberg

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