BEIJING (AFP) – A slick new English-language Chinese government website offering contact with Premier Li Keqiang appeared to have hit a snag on Thursday, with e-mails to the address failing to deliver.
The english.gov.cn site launched by the State Council, China’s cabinet, on Wednesday features cartoon-like images of Li, the country’s second most senior official, who is scheduled to visit Europe this week.
The website describes itself as “a platform for the people around the world to interact with the Chinese government, in particular, contact with the Chinese Premier”.
It has a section devoted to Li, the official head of China’s Communist Party-controlled government, including videos, speeches, graphics of his travels and a prominent link labelled “Contact the Premier”.
But several emails sent by AFP to the address given, englishgov.cn, could not be delivered on Thursday.
“DNS Error: Address resolution of gov.cn failed: DNS server returned answer with no data,” said one error message, while another read, “Bad destination host ‘DNS Hard Error looking up gov.cn (A): domain has no A record’”.
The State Council could not be immediately reached for comment.
Li is set to travel to Germany on Thursday, meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel before heading to Russia and Italy, with more than 70 agreements expected to be signed during the trip, according to China’s foreign ministry.