Skip to comments.China blocks Xi Jinping web searches after report on family's wealth
Posted on 07/01/2012 5:07:20 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
China blocks Xi Jinping web searches after report on family's wealth
BEIJING: China blocked web searches today for the name of leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping, a day after cutting access to Bloomberg sites following the agency's publication of a report on his family's wealth.
Financial newswire Bloomberg used publicly available records to compile a list of investments by Chinese Vice President Xi's extended family, which the agency said totalled USD 376 million.
The report did not trace any assets to Xi, expected to become Chinese president in an upcoming leadership transition, his wife, or their daughter and said there was no indication of wrongdoing by Xi or his family.
Nevertheless the story, which highlighted the access to riches enjoyed by the elite in a country with a growing wealth gap, prompted Chinese authorities to block access to all of Bloomberg's sites from within China after its publication yesterday.
Censors went a step further today and blocked searches for Xi's name on the Internet and in microblogs. Access to the report remained blocked, as well as to Bloomberg sites and the site of its affiliate Business Week.
"Our Bloomberg.com website is currently inaccessible in China in reaction, we believe, to a Bloomberg News story that was published on Friday," company spokesman Ty Trippet told AFP in an email.
Chinese authorities were not immediately available to comment on the Internet censorship.
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And some people don’t think the “Memory Hole” exists.
Looks like Hsi Chin-P’ing is looking a little too bourgeios for the working class.