China blocks New York Times site over article

BEIJING — China blocked access to The New York Times website Friday after the paper published a lengthy article contending that the family of Premier Wen Jiabao has amassed assets worth $2.7 billion through a web of investments. The report said most of Wen’s family’s wealth was accumulated after he rose to high office in 2002.

Chinese censors also blocked the Times’ Chinese-language site that carried a translated version of the story.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters at a press briefing that the report ‘‘blackens China and has ulterior motives.’’ He refused to elaborate despite several follow-up questions.

Associated Press