Google is pulling the translation program from China

HONG KONG—Google has shut down its Google Translate service in mainland China, citing low usage, marking another retreat by the US tech giant from the country.

A retreat from China by the Google-owned company Alphabet is the latest in a broad exodus of US Internet companies from the country in recent years as domestic competition, a tougher regulatory environment and a strict internet censorship regime make it more difficult for Western companies to operate there. In recent years, China has also seen a proliferation of homegrown translation services competing with foreign alternatives.

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