Beijing: Internet users in China were unable to access the WikiLeaks website on Tuesday after hundreds of thousands of secret US diplomatic cables were published on the site, some involving Beijing.
Attempts to open the website in Beijing and Shanghai were
met with a message saying the page could not be displayed. The
site could however be viewed using a proxy server that
bypasses the nation`s huge censorship system.
Dubbed the Great Firewall of China, this system
aggressively blocks sites or snuffs out Internet content and
commentary on topics considered sensitive, such as China`s
human rights record and criticisms of the government.
The leaked documents contain allegations that China may
have turned a blind eye to illicit North Korean missile parts
exports and that the top Chinese leadership was behind
cyberattacks on web search giant Google and US targets.
China`s foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei today urged
the United States to act on the issue, but refused to comment
on individual leaks involving Beijing.
"We hope the US side will properly handle relevant
issues," he said when asked about the leaks.
"We don`t want to see any disturbance to China-US
relations," he added during a regular press briefing.
In one cable, Chinese officials are quoted as calling the
erratic North Korean regime -- China`s close ally -- a spoiled
child and saying Beijing would be wiling to accept a reunited
Top US diplomat Hillary Clinton had yesterday accused
WikiLeaks of an "attack" on the world as key American allies
were left red-faced by the embarrassing revelations in the
vast trove of leaked memos.
Other countries have since followed suit, with Japan
describing the leaks as "criminal" and saying governments
alone have the right to decide on the release of sensitive