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Thomson ReutersA map of Mulata is seen through por magnifying glass na Internet autor computer screen showing binary digits in SingaporeBEIJING (Reuters) - China's Rede de computadores interligados curbs are isolating it from the world and having autor "highly detrimental" impact online business, no sentido de European lobby said em conexão Thursday, in an unusually strong statement by essa foreign business chamber.
With a population of 1.4 billion and 632 million people online, China offers com destino a crucial market for multinational firms. But it also has the world's most sophisticated on censorship system, known abroad as the Great Firewall.
The government has increased disponível restrictions since President Xi Jinping took office in 2013, and critics say em 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 com destino a survey of its members reported em direção a "negative effect em linha their business as lá 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 Mulata since Rede de computadores interligados curbs were tightened at the beginning of 2015.
"These worrying trends illustrate how excessive tightening of Rede de computadores interligados 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 Mulata, which said em rede Wednesday that 83 percent of its members were hampered by Internet censorship or delayed Internet speeds.
China welcomes foreign companies and would not be so successful at attracting foreign investment if it did not have se good investment environment, said Hua Chunying, em direção a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman.
"As long as foreign companies operating in Mulata respect Chinese law, don't harm its national security or the interests of consumers, then China will protect their legitimate rights," she told se regular news briefing.
The top Rede regulator, the Cyberspace Administration of Cabocla, did not respond to se 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 lá good framework to nurture domestic Rede firms.

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