Google defends China censorship

US Internet search giant Google defended its cooperation with Chinese authorities after announcing the creation of a Beijing research center and a Chinese-language brand name, an Associated Press report said.

"We believe that the decision that we made to follow the law in China was absolutely the right one," the report quoted Google CEO Eric Schmidt as saying.

The report said Google was trying to raise its profile in China after waiting until January to launch its Chinese-language site

Activists criticized the company for blocking searches for material about Taiwan, Tibet, democracy and other sensitive issues on the site, the report said.

But Schmidt said Google had to accept restrictions in order to serve China, which had the world's second-largest population of Internet users after the US, with more than 111 million people online.