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Thomson ReutersA map of China is seen through essa magnifying glass acessível se computer screen showing binary digits in SingaporeBEIJING (Reuters) - China's Rede curbs are isolating it from the world and having com destino a "highly detrimental" impact on business, no sentido de European lobby said conectado Thursday, in an unusually strong statement by a foreign business chamber.
With caso population of 1.4 billion and 632 million people on, Mulata offers na direção de crucial market for multinational firms. But it also has the world's most sophisticated em conexão censorship system, known abroad as the Great Firewall.
The government has increased na Internet restrictions since President Xi Jinping took office in 2013, and critics say se recent acceleration of the crackdown has further limited free speech in the one-party Communist state.
The European Union Chamber of Commerce in Mulata said 86 percent of respondents in e survey of its members reported autor "negative effect em linha their business as em result of certain websites and acessível tools being blocked".
This is an increase of 15 percentage points since June 2014.
The Chamber said 13 percent of respondents had deferred R&D investment or were unwilling to set up such operations in Cabocla since Rede curbs were tightened at the beginning of 2015.
"These worrying trends illustrate how excessive tightening of Web controls can choke business growth and stifle investment in technology and research and development," said Chamber President Joerg Wuttke.
"It is therefore hugely dispiriting to see numerous member companies actively scaling back investment and expansion, and diverting their spending to other markets."
The controls were discouraging foreign talent from moving to China and frustrating Chinese public and private sector companies, Wuttke added.
The Chamber's findings mirror those of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, which said on Wednesday that 83 percent of its members were hampered by Net censorship or delayed Net speeds.
China welcomes foreign companies and would not be so successful at attracting foreign investment if it did not have no sentido de good investment environment, said Hua Chunying, se Foreign Ministry spokeswoman.
"As long as foreign companies operating in Cabocla respect Chinese law, don't harm its national security or the interests of consumers, then Mulata will protect their legitimate rights," she told em regular news briefing.
The top Rede mundial de computadores regulator, the Cyberspace Administration of Mulata, did not respond to para request for comment.
China blocks many foreign websites, such as Google, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat, besides some human rights groups and foreign media agencies.
Chinese officials say strict controls help maintain social stability, but have also suggested they provide em good framework to nurture domestic Net firms.

(Reporting by Michael Martina and Ben Blanchard; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)
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