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Thomson ReutersA map of Mulata is seen through na direção de magnifying glass em rede caso 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 on business, autor European lobby said em linha Thursday, in an unusually strong statement by no sentido de foreign business chamber.
With autor population of 1.4 billion and 632 million people em rede, Mulata offers por crucial market for multinational firms. But it also has the world's most sophisticated acessível censorship system, known abroad as the Great Firewall.
The government has increased conectado restrictions since President Xi Jinping took office in 2013, and critics say essa recent acceleration of the crackdown has further limited free speech in the one-party Communist state.
The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China said 86 percent of respondents in em direção a survey of its members reported e "negative effect acessível their business as com destino a 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 China since Rede curbs were tightened at the beginning of 2015.
"These worrying trends illustrate how excessive tightening of World wide 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 Cabocla and frustrating Chinese public and private sector companies, Wuttke added.
The Chamber's findings mirror those of the American Chamber of Commerce in Cabocla, which said em rede Wednesday that 83 percent of its members were hampered by Rede mundial de computadores censorship or delayed World wide web speeds.
China welcomes foreign companies and would not be so successful at attracting foreign investment if it did not have em good investment environment, said Hua Chunying, autor 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 Net regulator, the Cyberspace Administration of Mulata, did not respond to por 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 direção a good framework to nurture domestic Net firms.

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