Gmail being blocked in China

Gmail being blocked in China
A number of American technology companies have not been having the easiest of times in China lately. Qualcomm is on the cusp of settling an anti-trust investigation which will probably involve shelling out a truck load of cash.

Microsoft has had its offices raided, assets seized, and it too is under investigation by the Chinese government for “anti-competitive” practices. Apple thus far has been weathering its role in the market, but as many as 30 other foreign companies have been under scrutiny.

Google is one of those companies, and it has been contending with all manner of issues in China, and its service activity in that country has fallen off the map in recent months. Google’s own Transparency Reports show little bounce-back in service activity since China clamped down this past summer in response to the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Now, it looks like even third party clients, like the iPhone’s and Windows Phone’s email apps, that could use protocols like IMAP and POP3 to get messages have been blocked. A Google spokesman based in Singapore said, “We’ve check and there’s nothing wrong on our end.”

The Chinese government is not offering any clarity in the matter either, with the Foreign Ministry stating it was unaware of Gmail being blocked, and reiterating China’s commitment to being a good place to do business, “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.”

Of course, businesses see it differently, Zack Smith is a digital products manager for City Weekend magazine, based in Beijing. “It’s becoming harder and harder to connect and do work in China when services like Gmail are being blocked. Using a VPN seems to be the only answer to doing anything these days online in China.”

VPNs can be an effective work-around to access sites that are censored by the central government, but they are only as effective as the ability to actually get to off-shore based services. Despite the rhetoric of being a good place for business, China’s actions indicate the contrary, as it announced its intentions to roll out its own home-grown operating system for the desktop and mobile environment.

source: re/code

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27 Comments

1. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

I honestly think these 'anti-competition' lawsuits are China's form of protectionism

9. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

isn't that obvious enough?

14. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

You think...?!? :-D

20. Cicero

Posts: 1115; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

And now what are your opinion about Chinese phone makers? Will they have inside some spyware for Chinese government? So enjoy it!

2. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

They should banned all Apple and beats product as well to show them not to mess our fellow Russian

4. RareCandy

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Sorry, we all don't like China, China has no human rights as their police keep on shooting the innocent. Living in US is way better, I'm so glad no wars in my country, so peaceful :)

5. SPASE

Posts: 261; Member since: May 03, 2013

"Police keep on shooting the innocent" for a moment, I thought you were talking about the US :p

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

China is too big to be contended with. The best US can do is lead by example. Only then countries will follow suit.

21. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

*shots fired*

16. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

" as their police keep on shooting the innocent." But in the US it's not just the police shooting the innocent.

18. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Since when US didn't involve in every single war?

26. willard12 unregistered

Since the Ukraine and Crimea annexation and Georgia occupation.

11. SamsungEU

Posts: 147; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

When people say made in China you automatically think inferior quality producs , intelectual theft , sweatshops and more...

15. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

When I see "made in China", I always check for reasonable alternatives...

22. gorkapr

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

So, you don't have a iphone or any other idevices, right?

3. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

China just needs to stop. They are just pissing off everybody, and it will eventually backfire on them, one way or another. Many companies don't even like doing business there already because of the rampant piracy, and the government is just adding fuel to the fire. My prediction is the major tech companies will threaten to stop manufacturing there, and then they will finally stop OR a big war could break out between the government and the companies. I am just interested to see how this goes.

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I wonder if the Chinese put their smileys like this ¦)

7. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

LOL +1

10. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

LOL hehe

17. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

And the Chinese wonder if the Americans put their smileys like this ^(` ( • • ) ` ) ^

19. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

How about this - ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) I failed to make it a loop sadly

8. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

they wouldn't have blockeld gmail if google allowed them communists to snoop.

12. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

best..

23. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Great. I don't live in China.

24. guest

Posts: 371; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Our company email is hosted on Gmail and it is unusable in China. Every time I go i either suffer bad serice or create another email I don't really use just to get around the stupid firewall. Even VPN was blocked!

25. Booza

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Everybody hates china, tho ethnically i'm chinese

27. azfar

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 22, 2013

how about this gigantic list: India blcoked 32 websites

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