The Chinese authorities are limiting local access to Google services including Gmail, according to reports.
The Google services are been falling down in stages according to Bloomberg, and the latest casualty is the Gmail email client. Bloomberg said that it has spoken to Google about the situation, which said that it is not a problem that it can deal with.
"We've checked and there's nothing wrong on our end," it told the news outfit in a statement.
Equally silent is the Chinese government, which has so far declined to respond to a fax sent by Bloomberg.
Google's transparency pages shows a marked drop in Google traffic from China (85 percent) that started on 26 December, and grew over the ensuing days. Today it shows connections hovering down on the zero mark.
China is notorious for limiting access to internet connections and is well known for running what it called the Great Firewall of China.
The government regularly pushes web services off and back on to its website and it is likely that the Google options will return. Users can of course, turn to virtual private networks, or tunnelling systems to avoid such restraints.
Google's transparency report takes some space to explain the current situation in China, and it says there that Google Sites, in general, have been inaccessible for some 1904 days.
Google Search, which started to show signs of suffocation in the run up to the anniversary of Tiananmen Square, has been inaccessible since May.
YouTube, banned for 2106 days, and Picasa, 1991 days, are also unavailable.
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