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US adds China's Internet controls to list of trade barriers

US says that over the last year, the "outright blocking of websites appears to have worsened"

Published Fri, Apr 8, 2016 · 09:50 PM
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CHINA'S notorious online controls have long been criticised as censorship by human rights groups, businesses, Chinese Internet users and others.

Now, they have earned a new label from the American government: trade barrier.

US trade officials have for the first time added China's system of Internet filters and blocks - broadly known as the Great Firewall - to an annual list of trade impediments.

The entry says that during the last decade, the limits have "posed a significant burden to foreign suppliers, hurting both Internet sites themselves, and users who often depend on them for business".

The report from the Office of the US Trade Representative said that over the last year, the "outright blocking of websites appears to…

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