China shuts down country’s access to Google

(CNN) — The Chinese government has shut down access to Google in the country.

Censorship watchdog reports the search engine — as well as options like Gmail and Google calendar — are inaccessible.

This move came ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

Discussion about the event is strictly censored by the Chinese government.

This isn’t the first time this has happened.

In 2012, the site and its services were blocked as the communist party met to appoint new leaders. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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