"'Google believes very strongly in a free internet. The mainland just passed the law about the 500-reposts thing. Then you will definitely think about it before you write. It's a problem, (it) means your voice is not fully heard,' said Schmidt."
Google chairman Eric Schmidt on Monday urged Beijing to allow its people to think and speak freely if the world's No 2 economy wants to grow further.
In an interview with the South China Morning Post, the search engine giant's chief spoke of his concern at the mainland's recent "500 reposts" rule designed to tighten the government's control of the Internet.
Schmidt, who is visiting Hong Kong as part of a partnership program with the Chinese University of Hong Kong to help grow young entrepreneurs in the city, told the Post that freedom of speech will help the mainland to avoid falling into the so-called "middle-income trap".