Chinese regulator not to shut down Google, Microsoft mapping services.
"We will not investigate or shut down the websites that have submitted their applications and are under examination," the China Daily quoted official of the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping, as saying.
He said that it had received applications to provide services from the offices of Google and Microsoft in China.
Companies have to obtain a license from the bureau to provide online mapping services in China.
The bureau had earlier said it would shut down unqualified websites and those that have failed to apply for a license from July 1.
Previous regulations stipulated that in order to provide online mapping services, a foreign company had to form a joint venture with a Chinese counterpart, with the domestic company owning a controlling stake.
However it was decided in June that the Chinese enterprise would not have to control the company.
Google China spokesperson Marsha Wang declined to comment on the issue
"We're in discussions with the government about how we can offer a mapping product in China" he said. (ANI)
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