Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said the Internet needs to keep thriving in China during an interview with ABC's Good Morning America.
"You've got to decide: Do you want to obey the laws of the countries you're in, or not? If not, you may not end up doing business there," said Gates, without mentioning Google by name.
"The Chinese efforts to censor the Internet have been very limited. It's easy to go around it, and so I think keeping the Internet thriving there is very important," he said.
Google said last week that it would like to remain in China, but plans to stop censoring search results.
Meanwhile, the Chinese government has become more defensive of its Internet restrictions, calling the United States "hypocritical" by blocking some content that can be seen by children. The country has also accused the United States for using social media to support political disruption in Iran.