Top officials have slammed Google, saying its work with is “indirectly benefiting” the military in that country.

In a report published in on Thursday, senior defence officials blamed the of favouring

“The work that is doing in is indirectly benefiting the Chinese military,” Joseph Dunford, of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the

“We watch with great concern when industry partners work in China knowing there is that indirect benefit,” Dunford said.

“And frankly, ‘indirect’ may not be a full characterisation of the way it really is, it’s more of a direct benefit to the Chinese military,” he added.

According to CNBC, Dunforda¿s comments come “in the wake of the tech giants’ decision not to pursue some of the Pentagon’s lucrative contracts while considering projects in China”.

Acting also blasted during the hearing for pulling out of its defence contracts.

Last October, facing administration’s ire over its censored Chine project, met officials during his trip to and discussed the controversial “Project Maven”.

Pichai met “a group of civilian and military leaders mostly from the office of the Under for Intelligence the directorate that oversees the (AI) drone system known as Project Maven”.

After facing backlash over its involvement in the project “Maven”, Pichai in June emphasised that the company will not work on technologies that cause or are likely to cause overall harm.

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About 4,000 Google employees had signed a petition demanding “a clear policy stating that neither Google nor its contractors will ever build warfare technology”.

Following the anger, Google decided not to renew the project with the after it expires in 2019.

US senators were also upset with Google about the tech giant’s reported plan to create a censored Chinese version of its

US Vice in October called on Google to end its “censored” Chinese — the “Dragonfly” project. The company later reportedly shut down the project amid widespread criticism.



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