After reports that Google has blamed the Chinese government for causing difficulties for Gmail user in the country, China has retaliated by saying that accusations made by the internet giant are unacceptable.
“This is an unacceptable accusation,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said in a press conference, Reuters reports.
A Google spokeswoman said Monday that reports of difficulties experienced by Gmail users in China are likely caused by government actions.
“There is no technical issue on our side; we have checked extensively. This is a government blockage carefully designed to look like the problem is with Gmail,” a Google statement read.
China and Google, both giants in their own rights, have a long history of clashes which started in early 2010 following Google’s announcement that it would no longer censor search engine results in China.
Google also warned China January of 2010 of a company exit from the country over hacking allegations. It pulled out of China March of that year and returned by mid-year.