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Google: China Slowing Access to Gmail


A bouquet of flowers lies on the Google logo outside the company's China head office in Beijing on March 23, 2010 after the web giant said it would no longer filter results there.(li xin/AFP/Getty Images)

Google on Monday accused the Chinese government of deliberately slowing access to its e-mail service in the country, saying the government "carefully designed" a blockage to Gmail.

"There is no issue on our side, we have checked extensively," a Google spokesperson said in a statement e-mailed to news organizations.


The Chinese government has been accused of tightening online censorship over the past few weeks in light of calls for a pro-democracy "Jasmine revolution" there following the spread of anti-government protests throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

Google moved its Chinese operations to Hong Kong last year after deciding it would no longer censor search results for Chinese users.

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