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INTERNATIONAL - China's internet restrictions have struck a “new blow” against foreign companies working there, Germany's ambassador said yesterday, warning that such moves could undermine Beijing’s political and commercial ties with the world. 

China’s ongoing clampdown on cyberspace has seen WhatsApp, the messaging service run by Facebook, periodically unavailable in the past few weeks ahead of twice-a-decade Communist Party Congress that opens tomorrow. 

The government has also been tightening control over virtual private networks that allow users to tunnel through China’s “Great Firewall” system, which blocks outlawed online content. 

And its controversial Cybersecurity Law, adopted late last year, has been criticised for provisions mandating security reviews and for data to be stored on servers in China.