Chinese portals link to challenge Google

    April 16, 2003

About 200 companies are teaming up to offer a China-based search engine, which hopes to compete with popular foreign services., one of mainland China’s most popular Web sites, has joined about 200 Internet portals in a government-backed search engine alliance which challenges global giants such as Google.

The search engine — developed by the China Internet Information Centre and Chinese firm Sinobet in September last year — links to a database of more than 30,000 mainland portals, including most of China’s key official news Web sites.

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