Google, China work to unblock site

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Google says it is trying to resolve a problem that left users in China unable to access it popular search engine.

In a short statement the company said: "We are currently working with Chinese officials to get our full service restored to the millions of Chinese users who depend on Google every day."

Over the weekend it emerged that Net users in China were having difficulties reaching the site. It appeared that Chinese authorities had blocked access in a bid to crackdown on access to subversive material such as porno and politics.

However, a report from Ananova claims Chinese authorities have no knowledge of the blocking.

It quotes an official from the Ministry of Information Industry as saying: "I have asked for information but we do not know anything about this."

Ananova also reports that officials from the Public Security Ministry and the Foreign Ministry also have no knowledge of the site's apparent disappearance.

No one from Google was available to shed any further light on the matter. ®

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