It seems every single news outlet has published a line similar to this over the last week: “The tech world has been abuzz with talk of Google’s rumored secret plan to return to China.” 

Rumors, however, are just another form of gossip. They’re unconfirmed, without much evidence to support them.

Google has been very active in China since the beginning of the year, setting up offices, making major investments, launching a WeChat Mini Program, and announcing deal after deal with Tencent, with whom they very clearly seem to be teaming up, at least when it comes to the China market. From what I’ve been hearing in China’s tech HR circles, they’ve been recruiting aggressively in the Middle Kingdom since 2017, if not earlier.

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Elliott Zaagman

Elliott Zaagman is a contributor to TechNode. He is also a corporate trainer, executive coach, and writer who splits his time between Bangkok and Beijing. He focuses on Chinese companies and how they relate...