Google left China because they wouldn’t censor their searches in China. Well, I guess technically, they’re redirecting their search traffic through Hong Kong. But they are making a statement by saying that they won’t censor their searches there.
Then when Google Instant came out, certain words would get a “white” page – where they tell you to hit enter in order to show it.
It seems that it’s okay to not censor stuff in China, but when you use Google Instant here, they will censor searches. I am sure there are many other inconsistencies, but what is the impact with this one?