Once again, the search engine giant, Google has come out in open accusing China of blocking the Gmail services. Several weeks of complaint from the Chinese internet users with regards to difficulties in accessing Gmail, persuaded Google to look into the issue closely. Finally on Monday, it came out with the following statement, “There is no technical issue on our side — we have checked extensively. This is a government blockage carefully designed to look like the problem is with Gmail.”The popular proxy servers that enable netizens to circumvent China’s web censorship system have also been disrupted. The disturbances have coincided with mysterious online calls for so-called “Jasmine rallies” — inspired by uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa — in dozens of cities around China each Sunday China operates a huge system of Internet control and censorship dubbed the Great Firewall of China, aimed at snuffing out information or comments that the government considers a threat to its authority.
Apparently, it’s not the first time Google has complained of intervention from the Chinese authorities. In January last year as well, the US web entity pronounced that it suffered cyber-attacks from China-based parties apparently intent on hacking into the Gmail accounts of Chinese rights activists.
Such actions have clearly played a great role in building up tension between US and China and which is why Google is slowly reducing its presence in the Chinese market.