China blocks access to WikiLeaks

China blocked access to WikiLeaks, which has released 2.5 lakh secret US documents.

Last Updated: Dec 01, 2010, 21:14 PM IST

Beijing: China on Wednesday blocked access to
WikiLeaks, which has released 2.5 lakh secret US documents,
with its official media stonewalling publication of the leaked
cables highlighting Beijing`s embarrassing predicament over
its close ally North Korea and allegations that it directly
authorised hacking of Google.

Wikileaks.org and cablegate.wikileaks.org were totally
blocked and could not be accessed even through some of the
free proxy servers, underlining the extent of control the
government exercises in China, which has the largest network
base of over 420 million internet users.

China routinely blocks access to a large content,
including information relating to Tibetan spiritual leader
Dalai Lama, websites run by Tibetan activists as well as
dissidents through a massive network of firewalls.

There was not much in the print and electronic media here
during the past few days over the 2.5 lakh documents leaked by
the whistle-blower website, except for a denial in the state-
run China Daly by official analysts of the claims contained in
the secret cables that the politburo of the ruling CPC
authorised hacking of Google to make it fall in line with the
official controls.

Google, which has over 30 per cent share in the
burgeoning Chinese internet market, almost wound up its
operations earlier this year by shifting them to Hong Kong but
later returned to the mainland, accepting all stipulated
conditions to remain in business in China.

Meanwhile, the Wikileaks disclosures containing some of
the US embassy memos here contained frank and candid
assessment by Chinese officials of acts of North Korea,
Beijing`s closest ally, with one of them describing Pyongyang
as a "spoilt child" for attempting to win the US attention
with a provocative missile test.

A February 2010 cable quoted a South Korean official as
saying that China "would be comfortable with a reunified Korea
controlled by Seoul (South Korea) and anchored to the United
States in a `benign alliance` as long as Korea was not
hostile towards China."

Another cable quoted the then South Korean Foreign
Minister, Chun Yung-woo, as stating that China`s leaders were
divided over North Korea acting as a buffer state. It
suggested that the younger set of Chinese leaders was even
willing "to face the new reality" that North Korea has little
value to China.

PTI