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Other competitors including Chinese state media outlets have jumped into China’s search market since Google’s departure. The government’s Xinhua News Agency and state-owned phone carrier China Mobile Ltd. launched their own search engine,, in February.

Baidu still makes nearly all its revenue in China. Its profit for the first quarter of 2011 more than doubled from a year earlier to 1.07 billion yuan ($163.5 million).

Baidu launched its first site abroad in 2007 in Japan and analysts expect more sites in other countries to follow.

Last month, Baidu announced it was investing $306 million in Qunar, a Chinese travel search engine, to become the company’s majority shareholder.

Google has said its advertising revenue in China is growing despite the closure of its mainland search engine.

The company was allowed to keep sales offices in China and says its biggest opportunities are in selling advertising for local websites or to companies that want to reach customers abroad through Google’s global sites.


AP Technology Writers Rachel Metz in San Francisco and Barbara Ortutay in New York contributed to this story.


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