As someone with personnel knowledge of the Chinese,and knowing how they seek knowledge through the Internet would the average net user see this latest Google action as US interference against their government or see it as removing the restrictions on the freedom of information, something they don't appear to have much of.
I would like to think that google are doing this to preserve freedom of speech/information in China and not because the USA government have put pressure on them to do it, but the cynic in me is not convinced
that google have done this in retaliation for the (possibly state sponsored) hacking attempts against gmail. Claims about being unhappy with the censorship issue, while probably true, are merely convenient excuses.
I genuinely believe Google nearly killed the net. The whole ethos, culture and philosophy of the Internet was under threat and as an organisation Google got so big it thought it can do what it wanted whist driving this home with the pseudo pretext of being inside looking out nonsense.