A new report from the Wall Street Journal revealed that Google had been increasing its partnership with local companies in China for years in preparation for its re-entry into the market.

It was revealed that CEO Sundar Pichai had been cultivating partnerships with developers who had been using Google’s infrastructure, as well as companies using Google Ads to reach customers outside of China. The search giant had also been engaging in talks with Tencent on jointly offering cloud computing services.

The WSJ also pointed out that the partnerships should show the ruling Communist Party that Google is contributing to local economic growth which should make it easier for the tech giant to gain government approval.

Source: Fortune

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