I noted this BoingBoing report that China blocked all Google services yesterday for a time and that it seemed to be punishment for Google not blocking access to certain sites or types of sites that the Chinese state disapproves of. And rumors that this was all intended to divert attention from the Green Dam incident that took place last week.
 I say “China” but there are forces acting within China that are actually quite highly opposed to each other and in conflict.
 Here’s the source report in The Guardian. And a quote:
Earlier in the day, the main state and communist party media – Xinhua and People’s Daily – condemned Google for providing links to pornographic websites through its search engine. Last week, the government ordered the US company to halt foreign website searches as a punishment.
See also my notes on China’s Golden Shield.