China's state-run Xinhua news agency launched a new broadside against Google saying in an angry commentary that the company had reneged on promises to abide by Chinese law.
Speculation is swirling that Google will soon announce a decision to pull out of China, or at least shut down its Chinese search engine.
Two months since Google said it would no longer agree to abide by Beijing's censorship rules even if that meant shutting its Google.cn site, some Chinese Internet users and state media are baying for the company to pull out.
Xinhua, in a signed commentary, said Google had promised when it entered the Chinese market to filter its search engine for "harmful content," in accordance with the law.
A Global Times editorial cited online surveys as showing 80 percent of respondents said they could not care less if Google withdrew from China, the world's largest Internet market with an estimated 384 million users. Currently, Google offers Google Maps, Gmail and free music downloads to Chinese users, all of which could be in jeopardy if the company leaves.