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Google Is in China Cloud Talks With Tencent, Others

  • Local partnerships would give Google political cover to return
  • Talks began early this year but U.S.-China trade tensions loom
The building housing the Google Inc. China headquarters stands in Beijing, China.
The building housing the Google Inc. China headquarters stands in Beijing, China.Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi

Google wants to get back into China, and is laying the groundwork for a key part of the initiative: bringing its cloud business to the world’s second-largest economy.

The internet giant is in talks with Tencent Holdings Ltd., Inspur Group and other Chinese companies to offer Google cloud services in the mainland, according to people familiar with the discussions. They asked not to be identified discussing private matters.