Google Pulls Translation App From China

HONG KONG—Google discontinued its Google Translate service in mainland China citing low usage, marking another retreat by the U.S. tech giant from the country.

The pullback from China by Google, owned by Alphabet is the latest in a broad withdrawal by American internet companies from the country in recent years, as domestic competition, a tougher regulatory environment and a strict internet censorship regime complicate the efforts of Western companies to operate there. China has also seen a proliferation of homegrown translation services in recent years that compete with foreign alternatives.