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China says Google's accusations about Gmail tampering are 'unacceptable'

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The Chinese government on Tuesday denied Google's claims that it has disrupted service and blocked features of Gmail in China.

"This is an unacceptable accusation," said Jiang Yu, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, at a news conference reported on by Reuters. Yu declined to comment further on Google's Gmail problems, the report said.

On Monday, Google said that the its Gmail users in China had recently been unable to use their accounts to access e-mail messages, send e-mails or view contact lists, but that the source of the problems were not on Google's end.

"There is no technical issue on our side; we have checked extensively," a Google spokeswoman said in an e-mail. "This is a government blockage carefully designed to look like the problem is with Gmail."

The Foreign Ministry response is the latest silo in the back-and-forth between Google and China's communist government since January 2010. The tech company and the nation have disagreed on issues relating to search engine censorship, Google.com outages and blocked mobile and Web products from Google.

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Photo: A security camera is mounted near Google's China headquarters in Beijing. Credit: Nelson Ching / Bloomberg

 
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