China denies blocking Gmail services

The Chinese government has bitten back about claims that it tried to make it difficult to access Gmail in the country.

A spokeswoman for the country’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement to the media that the claims were an “unacceptable accusation” and told delegates that China would not accept it.

The country is rejecting the claims from Google, which yesterday said that any difficulty users in China may have faced in recent weeks accessing Google’s email service was likely the result of government interference.

It put this down to the Middle East-inspired “Jasmine Revolution,” which China allegedly is worried about and attempting to stem the flow of information.

Although Gmail users in China said they were still able to log in to their accounts, they were unable to perform tasks such as sending email and accessing their address books.

This led to a Google spokesperson claiming that the problem wasn’t the fault of the company. “This is a government blockage carefully designed to look like the problem is with Gmail,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Of course Google has been in a long running dispute with China over the country’s tight censorship of the internet.

Back in January it once again pointed the finger at China and accused it of  interfering with its services. Its reasoning at the time was that it claimed it had uncovered sophisticated China-based attacks on human rights activists using its Gmail service around the world.

Earlier this month Google was again infuriated as China allegedly increased its spying on the Gmail service.

The last attack seems to be the straw that broke the camel’s back, with Google now saying it won’t censor search results in the country. Previously, the company included a disclaimer on its China service that searches may not be complete because of local laws.