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Chinese Government Blocks Microsoft’s Search Engine ‘Bing’

Google has also shelved its plan to re-enter China through a censored search application code-named "Project Dragonfly" after massive protests

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The office building of Microsoft. Pixabay

The Chinese government has reportedly blocked Microsoft’s search engine Bing – the only global search platform that was open for use in the country, the company announced on Thursday.

According to a report in Financial Times, mainland Chinese users wrote on social media that attempts to access Bing’s China site, cn.bing.com, failed.

“Two sources familiar with the government order confirmed that Bing had been blocked. One of the sources explained that China Unicom, one of China’s major state-owned telecoms companies, had confirmed the government had ordered a block on Bing,” said the report.

In a statement given to The New York Times, Microsoft said: “We’ve confirmed that Bing is currently inaccessible in China and are engaged to determine next steps”.

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Google has also shelved its plan to re-enter China through a censored search application code-named “Project Dragonfly” after massive protests. VOA

According to Greatfire.org, a group that tracks what sites are blocked in China, said the site appeared to be inaccessible in parts of the country but reachable in others, reports The New York Times.

China’s blockages often take time to spread nationwide, though in the past some services have been blocked in some places only to be restored later.
It was not immediately clear why Bing has been being blocked.

China’s internet regulator is yet to comment on the development.

Microsoft, which recently overtook Apple as the world’s most valuable company, is the latest US tech giant to face difficulties in China.

Google Search is already inaccessible in China while Facebook-owned WhatsApp was blocked in 2017.

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. Microsoft says it’s requiring its U.S. suppliers to offer their employees at least 12 weeks paid leave to care for a new child. The company announced the new parental leave policy Thursday. VOA

Google had earlier launched a search engine in China in 2006 but pulled the plug in 2010, citing Chinese government efforts to limit free speech and block websites.

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Google has also shelved its plan to re-enter China through a censored search application code-named “Project Dragonfly” after massive protests. (IANS)

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China May Restrict Tech Access in Spiraling US Trade Dispute

The system will build a strong firewall to strengthen the nation's ability to innovate

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People try out Huawei smartphone models on display at an electronic store in Beijing, China, May 20, 2019. VOA

China is creating a system to protect its technology, according to state media, as the U.S. restricts the access of Chinese companies to American technology in a spiraling trade dispute.

The People’s Daily newspaper said Sunday that the system will build a strong firewall to strengthen the nation’s ability to innovate and to accelerate the development of key technologies.

“China … will never allow certain countries to use China’s technology to contain China’s development and suppress Chinese enterprises,”the main paper of the ruling Communist Party said, without directly referring to the United States.

No details have been released about what China is calling a national technological security management list. The plan was announced Saturday evening in a brief three-paragraph dispatch by the official Xinhua News Agency.

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China is creating a system to protect its technology. Pixabay

The aim is to forestall and defuse national security risks more effectively, Xinhua said, adding that detailed measures would be unveiled in the near future.

The initiative follows U.S. moves to restrict sales to Huawei Technologies and other Chinese tech firms on national security grounds.

The U.S. Commerce Department last month added Huawei to its list of entities that are engaged in activities contrary to U.S. national security or foreign policy interests.

As such, any sale of U.S. technology to Huawei will require Commerce Department approval.

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China responded by saying its Commerce Ministry would develop its own list of foreign entities that it regards as “unreliable.” (VOA)