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China blocks New York Times website after article

  • In a file picture taken on September 29, 2012, China's Premier Wen Jiabao raises his glass as he makes a toast during the 63rd National Day reception at the Great Hall of the People. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones / FILES

BEIJING: China has blocked access to The New York Times website after a lengthy expose claiming the family of Premier Wen Jiabao has amassed assets worth $2.7 billion through a web of investments.

The report published Friday says most of Wen's family's wealth was accumulated after he rose to high office in 2002.

Chinese censors also blocked the Times' Chinese-language site that carried a translated version of the story.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters at a press briefing that the report "blackens China and has ulterior motives."

Times' spokeswoman Eileen Murphy says the paper hoped access to the sites could be restored shortly.

The report is a blow to Wen's reputation as a politician concerned with bettering the lives of ordinary Chinese.

 
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