Is Google mulling a return to mainland China

A raft of jobs posted on LinkedIn suggest the tech firm is contemplating a return to the Chinese Mainland.

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More than 60 China job postings at Google have been advertised on the popular professional networking site over the last few weeks, suggesting the Internet giant is contemplating a return to the Mainland after moving to Hong Kong more than five years ago.

Although the company has not yet officially announced its return, it is recruiting for a host of different positions in the region including business development managers, marketing, ad sales. product development, customer service, software development and client relations.

The variety suggests it is gearing up to make a comprehensive approach to the market. Currently, it has around 500 employees in the region who are primarily engaged in R&D or product development for Chinese companies looking to go global.

An analyst with Forrester Research Inc believes the company, now owned by parent Alphabet, is eyeing China's booming app store market. Despite missing the zenith of China's smartphone growth the company still has a vast market of more than 650 million smartphone users to tap into.