Gmail being blocked in China
posted by Maxwell R. / Dec 29, 2014, 4:35 AM
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.
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I honestly think these 'anti-competition' lawsuits are China's form of protectionism
posted on Dec 29, 2014, 4:37 AM 5
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You think...?!? :-D
posted on Dec 29, 2014, 6:42 AM 0
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They should banned all Apple and beats product as well to show them not to mess our fellow Russian
posted on Dec 29, 2014, 4:40 AM 9
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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 :)
posted on Dec 29, 2014, 4:53 AM 9
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When people say made in China you automatically think inferior quality producs , intelectual theft , sweatshops and more...
posted on Dec 29, 2014, 5:59 AM 3
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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.
posted on Dec 29, 2014, 4:51 AM 3
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I wonder if the Chinese put their smileys like this ¦)
posted on Dec 29, 2014, 5:11 AM 10
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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!
posted on Dec 29, 2014, 12:12 PM 0
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