China blocks New York Times website after article

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Posted: Oct 26, 2012 9:02 AM

BEIJING (AP) — 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."

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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.