Google Inc's Web search and mobile services in China were fully blocked on Thursday, according to a message on the company's website. It was unclear whether access had been blocked by the Chinese government or if it was a temporary service disruption. A Google spokesman said he did not have any immediate information on change in service availability.
China and Google have been locked in a dispute over Web censorship that blew up in January when the world's largest search engine stunned markets and consumers by warning it might quit the country. At the time, Google said it would not provide the censored search results that China requires. But tensions appeared to cool earlier this month, when China granted Google approval to keep operating its Chinese search site. Until Thursday, Google's search service appeared to be mostly accessible in China this week.
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