Nor are Gmail outages in China new. In 2011, for example, Google said China blocked Gmail but made it appear as if the problems were on Google's end.
If the Global Times' editorial is a thinly-disguised statement from the Chinese government, the Gmail block may continue for a long time. "China has to keep strengthening its national security while it opens up to the West," the newspaper said. "We cannot avoid issues like Internet and ideological security when dealing with large IT companies from the West."
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