via BBC News

 

China has condemned as a “smear” a New York Times report saying Premier Wen Jiabao’s relatives have accumulated billions of dollars.

The article said Mr Wen’s family members “have controlled assets worth at least $2.7bn”.

A Foreign Ministry spokesman said the report had “ulterior motives”.

Both the NYT’s Chinese and English sites are being blocked inside China, as are references to the report on micro-blogging sites.

“Some reports smear China and have ulterior motives,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said when asked about the story in a daily press briefing. On the blocking, he said the internet was managed “in accordance with laws”.

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