Google tells US lawmakers it is mulling options on China services

WASHINGTON: Alphabet Inc’s Google unit has told U.S. lawmakers it is considering "a variety of options" for offering additional services in China.

The company has come under criticism after reports it is considering re-entering the Chinese search engine market and would agree to comply with China’s internet censorship and surveillance policies.

A Google sign is seen during the WAIC (World Artificial Intelligence Conference) in Shanghai

In an Aug. 31 letter to senators made public on Friday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company is "thoughtfully considering a variety of options for how to offer services in China in a way that is consistent with our mission." Google declined to comment Friday on the letter.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Will Dunham)

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