Google is in "active negotiations" with the Chinese government over the company's decision to stop censoring search results in China, chief executive Eric Schmidt has told an Abu Dhabi media summit, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Schmidt declined to disclose the state of the negotiations but said the company was nearing a conclusion in the talks, dpa reported.
"Something will happen soon," Schmidt said.
Google announced in January that it planned to stop self-censoring its Chinese search engine, even if it meant the company abandoning China's market. Google took the unprecedented step after discovering that it had been targeted by a major cyber-attack originating in China.
Schmidt's comments were the first time that Google has acknowledged talking with the Chinese government on the issue.