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Google Maps available again in China after eight years

Easier access may signal policy change toward US internet companies

Google closed its mainland Chinese headquarters in 2010 over government censorship requirements.

BEIJING -- Chinese internet users are finding it much easier to use Google Maps after eight years of the service being tightly limited. 

While Google's flagship search function is still inaccessible in the country, the renewed availability of its map service could signal a shift in the Chinese government's stance toward the U.S. tech behemoth.

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