Google still blocked in China

Google is experiencing difficulties with getting back into the Chinese market. The reason is the disruptions to Google’s service coming from outside forces. The local media reported that the disruptions began a week ago, or at least that’s what Google’s “transparency report” website said when its Chinese users complained that the search engine, Gmail and Google Play store stopped working.

The company claimed that its own statistics revealed a sharp decline in traffic from the country, and confirmed that the problem wasn’t with its equipment. Moreover, it wasn’t because of the local hackers either, with fingers being pointed at the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

Indeed, the web filtering efforts in China have been increased ahead of the 18th Party Congress –a meeting of top Communist Party leaders in Beijing which started last Thursday. The meeting in question is unveiling a new slate of top party leaders, so the event made it a sensitive time in the eyes of Beijing.

Industry observers believe that the government decided to throttle the Internet in order to kill off access to foreign media articles telling about corruption and wealth in the country spurred by the party congress and the fall of Bo Xilai. For example, the New York Times and Bloomberg News were also unavailable in the country in 2012 because each of them ran articles telling about the wealth accumulated by the local leaders.

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