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China has allegedly blocked access to Gmail.

China has blocked access to Gmail, Google’s email service, the founder of a Beijing-based firm says.

The world’s biggest email service has been largely inaccessible inside China. Users, however, could still access the service by using third-party mail applications, rather than the webpage.

“But they have blocked those ways of accessing,” said Jeremy Goldkorn, founder and director of Danwei, a company that tracks Chinese media and the Internet, on Monday, adding, “I think this is pretty confirmed. It is now already four, five days, so this is real.”

“We’ve checked and there’s nothing wrong on our end,” a Singapore-based spokesman for Google said in an email.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, said she did not know anything about Gmail being blocked, adding that the government was committed to providing a good business environment for foreign investors.

“China has consistently had a welcoming and supportive attitude towards foreign investors doing legitimate business here…. We will, as always, provide an open, transparent and good environment for foreign companies in China,” she said.


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