As reported in the Washington Post.....
You had the impression not too long ago that Google actually had the backbone to stand up to China's goverment. Saying no to censorship and saying no to being hacked.
As Google's licence sets to expire, they have now acknowledged that the market is more important than principles. I admired Google in January. Not quite so sure now.
I suspect that there is more to the story. Washington/Beijing relations? Quid Pro Quo? Maybe this decision was out of Eric Schmidt's hands.