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Rubio slams Google over plans to unveil censored Chinese search engine

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) along with a bipartisan group of five other lawmakers slammed Google over its reported plans to introduce a censored search engine in China.

"If true, this reported plan is deeply troubling and risks making Google complicit in human rights abuses related to China's rigorous censorship regime," the lawmakers wrote.

"It is a coup for the Chinese government and Communist Party to force Google - the biggest search engine in the world - to comply with their onerous censorship requirements, and sets a worrying precedent for other companies seeking to do business in China without compromising their core values," they continued in the letter.

Other signatories included Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.)

In the letter, the lawmakers also press Google for more answers on its "Dragonfly" project - the name of the search engine that will reportedly comply with China's strict government censorship law. News of Google's plan was first reported by The Intercept earlier this week.

Rubio and Cotton have opposed American companies working with China and Chinese tech companies in recent months. The two have aggressively railed against ZTE and Huawei's presence in the U.S. citing American intelligence claims that the companies are a threat to national security.

Cotton has also gone after Google's business dealings in China before. In a previous letter, he called into question the company's partnership with Huawei, which he said raises national security concerns.

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