On Wednesday, search giant Google\u2019s chief executive, Eric Schmidt, dismissed recent criticism of his company\u2019s decision to cooperate with the Chinese government regarding censorship of its Google.cn search engine, and announced plans to open a new research center in Beijing, as well as the launch of its Chinese-language brand name, the Associated Press reports via The Wall Street Journal.Google is trying to raise its awareness in China after debuting its Chinese language search website, Google.cn, in January. Activists and critics alike have blasted the company for bowing to the Chinese government and censoring Google.cn search results that relate to Taiwan, the Falon Gong movement and other sensitive terms.Schmidt told a press conference, \u201cWe believe that the decision that we made to follow the law in China was absolutely the right one,\u201d according to the AP. Schmidt said that his company had to comply with the Chinese government if it wanted to serve the country\u2019s 111 million Web surfers, the AP reports.Schmidt also announced a plan to open a new Beijing research center that is to employ some 150 people by mid-year 2006, according to the AP. The center will manufacture products for the global market, but Schmidt was unsure of what specific offerings it will produce, as the center is still in its early planning stages, the AP reports.\u00a0 Schmidt made the announcements at a ceremony announcing the launch of Google\u2019s new Chinese-language brand name, Gu Ge\u2014or translated, \u201cValley Song\u201d\u2014which is drawn from a Chinese expression describing a beneficial and rewarding experience, according to the AP.Google\u2019s CEO noted that the company wasn\u2019t pleased with the recent criticism, but also said it has made no efforts to request that Beijing modify its restrictions, the AP reports. \u201cI think it\u2019s arrogant for us to walk into a country where we are just beginning to operate and tell that country how to operate,\u201d he said, according to the AP.China currently makes up only a tiny percentage of Google\u2019s worldwide revenues because the company just recently obtained the proper license enabling it to use local advertisements, but Schmidt expects that to change in the near future, with China coming to represent an essential part of its business, the AP reports.For related CIO content, read The Censored Internet.Check out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.