Google is following an alternate path to get more audience in China. It has recently bought a minor stake in Maxthon Browser which is the browser from a Chinese/Israeli startup. It is a browser which is largely used by Chinese population – over more than half of its users are from China.
I recall my experience of using this browser long back in start of 2006 but it looked like tabbed IE. It almost replicated everything from Microsoft’s IE 6 at that time.