September 8, 2017 / 3:54 PM / a year ago

UK publisher rejected request to block scholarly articles on China website - spokeswoman

(This September 8 story corrects headline to remove reference to “new request.”)

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s Cambridge University Press has rejected a request from its Chinese state-owned importer to block online access in China to scholarly articles from the American Political Science Review.

“A request was indeed made by the Chinese importer, but was not acted upon by Cambridge University Press, so no content was blocked,” a spokeswoman for Cambridge University Press said in an emailed statement.

In August, Cambridge University Press reversed a decision to block online access in China to several hundred articles and book reviews in the China Quarterly, a leading academic journal on Chinese affairs that has been in print since the 1960s.

Reporting by Fanny Potkin; editing by Guy Faulconbridge/Keith Weir

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