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Google May Keep Some Chinese Operations

People use computers at an Internet cafe in Taiyuan, in north China's Shanxi province, Monday Jan. 25, 2010.

People use computers at an Internet cafe in Taiyuan, in north China's Shanxi province, Monday Jan. 25, 2010.  (AP Photo)

BEIJING -- Google has been threatening to close its search engine in China. But that may not necessarily mean it will no longer exist in the world's most populous Internet market. 

Google is in talks with the Chinese government to keep its research center in China. It also seeks to maintain an advertising sales team that generates most of the company's revenue in the country and a fledgling mobile phone business. 

The talks are said to be delicate, because of Google's recent move to stand up to the Chinese government's demands for censored search results. 

But Google still wants to have access to the country's engineering talent and steadily growing online advertising and mobile phone markets.