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Trump calls for inquiry into Google’s business in China

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WASHINGTON US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his administration would investigate whether Alphabet's Google supports the Chinese government, following accusations that a company official refuted hours later at a Senate hearing.

The President repeated accusations made previously by Mr Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and venture capitalist, that Google may be infiltrated by Chinese intelligence agents.

"A great and brilliant guy who knows this subject better than anyone! The Trump Administration will take a look!" the President wrote on Twitter.

Mr Trump later told reporters that he would have various agencies, including potentially the Justice Department, "see if there is any truth to" Mr Thiel's accusations.

Mr Thiel has called on the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Central Intelligence Agency to probe Google on its relations with China, alleging that the company worked with the Chinese military.

The top US general, Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, expressed similar concerns about Google in a congressional hearing in March.

Google said in an e-mail statement: "As we have said before, we do not work with the Chinese military."

At a wide-ranging US Senate subcommittee hearing on Tuesday about Google's content policies, the company's top government affairs official told Senator Josh Hawley, a Republican, that it did little business in China.

"Fundamentally in China, we actually do very little today, certainly compared with any other major technology company," said Mr Karan Bhatia, vice-president for government affairs and public policy.

Mr Bhatia rejected accusations that Google has been infiltrated by Chinese intelligence agents or that it has turned a "blind eye" to theft of its code.

Its decisions about contracts with the US government have not been based on pressure from China, he said.- REUTERS