By Mark Memmott

Google's gotten a lot of attention the past couple days for saying it might pull its business operations out of China and shut down its Google.cn search engine because it no longer wants to put up with the censorship demands from that nation's government and because of cyber attacks coming from there.

A few minutes ago, All Things Considered's Melissa Block asked Google chief legal officer David Drummond if that means the search engine giant is gone for good from China. He said no.

"We operate a global website and that website is accessible in China. ... You can rest assured that we will do everything we can to serve the Chinese market," he said. "We do intend to continue to serve the Chinese people ... (and) China, which is one of the world's great nations."

The government can make it difficult for people in China to get full access to Google, though, and Google might find it much more difficult to generate revenue from advertisers hoping to target that country's vast market.

Here's a clip from Melissa's conversation with Drummond. Much more will be on today's edition of ATC. Click here to find an NPR station near you. And check back here later for more of the audio.

And for more about the Google vs. China story, and other tech news, see All Tech Considered.

categories: Foreign News, Technology

3:40 - January 14, 2010