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China Denies Plans to Lift its Firewall

State media refuted a report claiming that China was ready to offer free Internet access within Shanghai's Free-Trade zone.

SHANGHAI China is not planning to lift its "Great Firewall" and allow open Internet access within Shanghai’s proposed Free-Trade Zone (FTZ), state media reported Thursday.

The report denies a story that came out earlier this week in the South China Morning Post. The Hong Kong-based newspaper reported on Tuesday that sites blocked by China, including Facebook and Twitter, would be freely available in the FTZ, which is slated to launch on September 29.

The Chinese Communist Party’s official newspaper, The People’s Daily, published a story Thursday calling the SCMP report "incorrect," citing an unnamed official.

"Today [our] journalists obtained the information from a very powerful channel that these reports are wrong," said the People's Daily, adding that the Internet regulations within Shanghai’s FTZ will be “consistent” with the rest of the country.

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