Following news of Google’s rumored re-entry into the Chinese market, Baidu CEO Robin Li has said he welcomes the competition and that Baidu would “win again.”

Li made the comments on WeChat after reading an article by the People’s Daily. The report stated that Google’s renewed public operations in the country are welcome as long as they stick to local regulations. The piece, which has subsequently been scrubbed from the publication’s social media accounts, said that Google has the will to regain its footing in the country.

However, Li said that by the time Google left China in 2010, Baidu commanded 70% of the search market. And that its international competitor continued to lose its share of the market.

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Chris Udemans

Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based data and graphics reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com.