Recently, rumors about layoffs in Google's China division caused some concern. This round of layoffs is mainly hitting senior positions and high-paying employees in an effort to reset the salary standard and reduce operating costs while improving overall work efficiency.
Capital Online, a Chinese cloud computing service provider, announced via its Wechat official account on Sept. 4 that the company would be bringing Google Cloud back to the Chinese mainland and the matter was under negotiation.
Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving technology development subsidiary, has set up a Chinese subsidiary to test and design its self-driving cars, as discovered recently by Chinese media.
Google is on the move in China. In December 2017, Google established the AI China Center in Beijing, led by Fei-fei Li, chief scientist of Google Cloud, and Jia Li, the head of research and development in AI and ML. In mid-January, Google confirmed the news it would set up an office in Shenzhen.