The Chinese authorities on Saturday blocked the web searches with the term “Xi Jinping”, the main name of the future leader of China, one day after the publication of an article from Bloomberg on the family fortune.
The financial agency Bloomberg compiled public documents, according to the article, show that the investments of the family of Vice President Xi Jinping reach $ 376 million. Xi Jinping should, in principle, to assume the leadership of Chinese Communist Party this year and the presidency of the country in March 2013.
The article mentions that none of the assets is assigned to Xi, his wife and daughter and emphasizes that nothing suggests that the vice president or his family have committed acts of fraud.
But officials decided to block access to the site after the publication of the Bloomberg article on Friday, fearing the effects it can have on the public information about the wealth of the country’s leaders.
On Saturday, the censorship was extended to the Internet search and microblogs of the term “Xi Jinping.” Access to Business Week and Bloomberg sites remained blocked. “The site Bloomberg.com is currently unavailable in China, in reaction, we believe, to a Bloomberg article published on Friday,” said the spokesman of the agency, Ty Trippet. The Chinese authorities have not commented on the information.