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China’s Google Clampdown Hits Businesses

Nearly a month after China intensified its clampdown on Google’s services, many Chinese businesses are discovering how exposed they are to the US search company, whose fortunes in China are hostage to the so-called Great Firewall, designed to keep out pernicious foreign influences.

Since Google stopped censoring searches in 2009, its service has never been stable in China due to what one expert described as “cycling blockages” by the government.  But the service has become inaccessible since before the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre on June 4, according to internet monitoring companies.

Source:  Financial Times

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