Googles China partner says re-evaluation not out of political pressure (2)
Shortly after the withdrawal, several of Google's partners have announced plans to cut off or re-assess their ties with the company.
Tom Group, owned by Hong Kong's richest man Li Ka-shing, said last week it had deleted links to Google's search engine on its web portal, saying that was out of "abiding by China's laws and regulations."
Tianya, the operator of a popular Internet forum in China, said it would negotiate with Google details of their business contacts after the change of search sites.
China Unicom, the second largest Chinese mobile phone operator, did not make it clear to Xinhua if they would terminate cooperation with Google, but its General Manager Lu Yimin recently said all their partners have to comply with Chinese laws and regulations.