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China — which has more than 600 million Internet users — accounts for a minuscule part of Google's business operations.
"I can understand the government's perspective — China has a complicated national situation and stability is very important," he said.
Steve Lin, a 30-year-old who works for a cross-border e-commerce company in Beijing, says the first thing he does in the morning is turn on his VPN on his computer.
But the technology works less well on his mobile phone, making it hard to use Gmail or search on the go.
He also found he's been unable to use his Google Chromecast, a thumb-size, device that plugs into a TV and allows users to send online videos, music, photos and other content to their television sets."I just got it last week and couldn't install it," he said.
Certain Google services such as You Tube have been totally unavailable in China for years, and politically sensitive periods like the Tiananmen anniversary often bring intensified, if temporary, censorship of many foreign news websites and Internet search terms.
But experts said the current broad-based and prolonged disruption of Google offerings seems to be an escalated — and possibly long-term — crackdown on the Mountain View, Calif.-based Internet giant."It would be wrong to say this is a partial block.Today, 97% of Internet traffic in mainland China goes to in-country sites, but 3% goes to foreign sites and Google remains the most-visited non-Chinese property, according to Great Asked how barriers erected by the Chinese government have stifled Google's growth there, Colin W.Gillis, research director at BGC Financial, noted that Chinese search-engine company Baidu has built a market value of .4 billion in less than a decade. China's unfriendliness, however, may already be built into the company's stock price, he said: "The market has absorbed this fact since fall 2009 to early 2010."Google's services are particularly popular with well-educated urbanites and academics in mainland China, who use the company's products for teaching and research.The missile travelled more than 400 miles before crashing into the Sea of Japan just off the Russian coast, according to the state-backed North Korean Central News Agency and South Korean analysts.Hwasong-12, an intermediate-range ballistic missile, has the longest range of any weapon successfully tested by Kim's regime, with officials estimating it has a maximum range of 2,500 miles.The dictator gave the projectile, dubbed Hwasong-12, a once-over at its launch site in the Kusong region in images published by state media.