Tuesday, Google's vice president of public policy received Karan Bhatia members of the Senate courts that the company Project Dragonfly – a search engine for the Chinese market reported to involve large concessions to state censors and protested by its own employees – has been "closed" and the employees working on it have been redistributed, by BuzzFeed News.
In response to questions from Republican Senator Josh Hawley, Bhatia said, "We have completed Project Dragonfly." It is the first time it has used a concrete term to describe the fate of the project, BuzzFeed noted. In response to a request from Gizmodo and other outlets, Google pointed to statements it released in March 2019:
"As we have said for many months, we have no plans to launch Search in China and there is no work being done carried out on such a project. Team members have moved to new projects. "
Google drew many of its services from China in 2010 among concerns about surveillance and censorship of its authoritarian government, but in recent years it has been reported to see look back as the competitors took over their giant market. It has continued to maintain the staff where it works on hardware and sales.
As recently as December 2018, Google was desirable about the condition of Project Dragonfly, with CEO Sundar Pichai who told the House Committee that the company was not planning to launch in China "right now." As recently as March 2019, some Google employees suspected that the work continued secretly, according to the Independent. But in general, the flow of criticism directed at Google over Dragonfly has shown no signs of termination and came at the same time, he decided not to renew his Project Maven drone image contract with the Pentagon (Google still pays a political prize in DC on all topics in China-related).
According to Bloomberg, Senator Mark Warner said on Tuesday that Pichai had told him that Google relied on its Chinese ambitions. Warner was light on details, although Bloomberg noted that Google signed a "cross-license technology and intellectual property" agreement with Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings in January 2018 and was reportedly in talks to offer cloud services in China later that year.  "I think there is something that explains that Google must do," Warner told Bloomberg Technology . "I've met with Google CEO. He said they support some of these partnerships, and they're willing to work with the US government."