Foreign technology companies operating in China can’t avoid the Chinese regime’s censorship system. Recently, Google Translate stopped functioning in China without warning. But the timing falls on the eve of the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), causing much speculation.
Chuck Flint, said this is another example of the CCP tightening its grip ahead of the 20th National Congress. They want to prevent any criticism or dissent. These disagreements relate to the coronavirus lockdown, bank failures, account freezes, unfinished houses, and the real estate market in turmoil.
Google claims that withdrawing from the Chinese market is because the usage rate is too low. However, according to Similarweb, the Chinese Google Translate website had 53.5 million visits in August.
In 2010, Google had to shut down major functions, such as the Chinese version of the search engine, due to content censorship disputes with the CCP.
Google Translate has ceased operating in China, marking Google’s further withdrawal from the Chinese market.