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China blocks Bloomberg News after unflattering coverage of future president

The Chinese government has blocked access to Bloomberg News after the organization published an expose on Xi Jinping.

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China's Vice President and presumed future president, Xi Jinping, listens to remarks by US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at an event for business leaders in Washington on Wednesday. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

A new investigation into China's next president, Xi Jinping, reveals that his family has made a huge fortione. The Daily Telegraph said the report is "hugely damaging" because Chinese officials are forbidden from amassing significant wealth.

Bloomberg News first broke the story. The news organization found that the family of Xi Jinping, currently China's vice president, has invested in companies with total assets of $376 million. “People are angry because there’s unequal access to money- making," a China scholar told Bloomberg News. “There’s no question in the Chinese public mind that this is wrong.”

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The Chinese government seems to be aware that the public would not be happy about the news. After the Bloomberg story came out, people in China were unable to access the Bloomberg website. "Our Bloomberg.com website is currently inaccessible in China in reaction, we believe, to a Bloomberg News story that was published today," Belina Tan, head of corporate communications for the Asia-Pacific region, told the Guardian

Of course, it's not the first time that sensitive news stories have been blocked in China. The New York Times has had similar problems, BBC News reported, and YouTube, Google+, Twitter, Dropbox, Facebook and Foursquare are all banned in the nation.

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