China Says Google’s Accusations about Gmail Tampering are ‘Unacceptable’

Chinese authorities have gone on the offensive against Google, which recently accused the government of interfering with China-based users’ access to Gmail. From the Los Angeles Times:

“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.”

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