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""China has frequently blocked foreign news sites as punishment for reporting that embarrasses the country’s leaders. The websites of the New York Times and Bloomberg News were blocked last year after they published exposés about the massive wealth amassed by family members of key Communist Party power players. Both sites remain inaccessible in the country. The Chinese-language sites of Thomson Reuters and the Wall Street Journal were momentarily blocked in November, but can now be viewed.

The conspicuous wealth of Chinese leaders has become a cause of great cynicism and discontent among the Chinese public, so much so that President Xi made cracking down on corruption and instituting austerity among government ranks a pillar policy initiative after taking office last year. "


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