China’s #internet users temporarily blocked from foreign websites | World news | guardian.co.uk
China relies on cables running from three points, making it easy for access to be choked off intentionally or by accident.
(...) Li Kaifu, the former boss of Microsoft and then Google in China, told his 12 million microblog followers: “All foreign websites are inaccessible!” adding emoticons to show disappointment, surprise and curiosity.
(...) Internet users’ suspicions were increased by the fact that the problems came amid a crackdown on “internet rumours”.
Xinhua reported on Thursday that the authorities had removed more than 210,000 online posts and shut down 42 websites since March.