After five days of waiting, Google is still in the dark about whether the company's operating licence in China will be renewed.
As of Monday morning, Beijing time, the search engine giant had yet to hear back from the Chinese government regarding the licence, said Jessica Powell, a Google spokeswoman.
The licence, which is issued by the Chinese authorities, is necessary for Google to continue operating its China-based website, Google.cn. But tensions between the company and Chinese officials have put the licence's renewal in doubt.
In March, Google decided to stop censoring the results to its Google.cn search engine by shutting the site down. All internet traffic from the site was then redirected to Google's uncensored Hong Kong search engine. The move quickly angered Chinese officials, who demanded that the company comply with Chinese laws that require companies to censor search results.
Now, with Google's operating licence up for renewal the company has decided to take a step back from its previous actions in a bid to comply with government demands. Last week, Google.cn was restored as a "landing page," where users are given a link to the company's Hong Kong page rather than automatically redirected to it.
Since Google's license went up for renewal last Wednesday, the company's web search services have also been partially blocked in China. Google Suggest, a feature that provides probable search terms when user types their query, continues to be blocked, Powell said.