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China blocks (again) Google Search, Gmail and Drive

China blocked all Google web domains throughout the country for long periods on Friday, the search giant has said.

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China blocked all Google web domains throughout the country for long periods on Friday, the search giant has said.

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Google Search, Gmail, Google Drive and all other web products were largely blacked out and, in a statement to Bloomberg and Reuters, Google said it had “checked and there’s nothing wrong on our end.”

Google’s own Transparency Report website, which shows usage levels around the world, showed a sharp decline to Google sites in China on Friday.

The country has censored Google before, during a stand-off in 2010, but has never taken the drastic step of blocking the popular Gmail email service too.

The outage left countless users without access to email throughout the nation and could be a watershed moment for the issue of web censorship in China, according to one watchdog.

via China blocks Google Search, Gmail and Drive | News | TechRadar.

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Will Myanmar’s coup help China influence ASEAN?

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On 16 January 2021, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi concluded a visit to four ASEAN countries. One destination was Myanmar, the upcoming country coordinator of the ASEAN–China dialogue and now centre of international attention after the country’s military seized power.

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Rapid growth in China post-COVID makes it ripe for investment

Being “first in and first out” of COVID-19, China is the only country among the G20 that is thought by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to have increased GDP in 2020.

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