BEIJING — Google Inc. said one of its Web search features was blocked in China on Thursday as the company awaited Beijing's verdict on whether to renew its operating license amid tensions over censorship.
Mainland users were unable to use the search giant's "suggest" feature, which offers suggestions for possible results as they start to type a word, the company said.
"It appears that search queries produced by Google Suggest are being blocked for mainland users in China," said Google spokeswoman Jessica Powell in an e-mail. "Normal searches that do not use query suggestions are unaffected. As always, we will keep our China status page updated with the latest information."
Google's relations with Beijing have been tense since the US-based search giant said in January it no longer wanted to cooperate with Chinese Web filtering.