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Google says China is blocking Gmail access

March 21, 2011 | 12:43 pm

Google China headquarters

Google said Monday that the Chinese government is hindering user access to its Gmail service in that country.

"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."

Google said that some users in China have recently been unable to access their e-mail through the Gmail service, and others have been able to enter their accounts but unable to send e-mails or view their contact lists.

Google has had multiple disputes with the Chinese government since January 2010 over censorship of its search engine results, search engine outages, and the blocking of mobile services and other Google products.

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Photo: Google's China headquarters in Beijing. Credit: Nelson Ching / Bloomberg

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