Google users in China will no longer be automatically redirected to an unfiltered website in Hong Kong when they open the popular Internet search engine.
Instead, they will find a page with a link they can click on to go to the Hong Kong site for unfiltered searches. Google will continue to offer music and other non-controversial services on the main China site.
The American Internet giant began redirecting users to Hong Kong in January to protest Chinese censorship and an attempt to hack into the e-mail accounts of human rights activists.
But a blog by Google's chief legal officer David Drummond on Tuesday said China had warned the company its operating license would not be renewed if the practice continued. The license expires on Wednesday.
Some information for this report was provided by AP.