Limited phone messaging and Internet access are now available in China’s Xinjiang region, more than three weeks after the government cut services in the wake of deadly ethnic riots, officials said Tuesday.
Yang Guoqing, with the provincial government news center, said the government is now sending SMS (short message service) text messages to citizens, though they still cannot message each other.
“Every afternoon our news center will send text messages to citizens about the latest situation, and ask them not to believe in rumors,” he said. “We’re gradually restoring the service, but there’s no exact time for the full restoration. The government is still discussing.”