NY Times: For about three months, Google has been redirecting Chinese users to its Hong Kong site rather than censoring traffic as the Chinese government requires. Now the Chinese government has threatened to reject Googles application for renewal of its Internet Content Provider license. If that happens, it would mean Google could no longer operate a Web site in mainland China.
In order to prevent that from happening, Google has now changed what happens when users visit google.cn. Now, instead of being re-directed, site visitors will have a link to the Hong Kong site, and they can use Google's other services which don't require censorship.