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Summary Box: China lifts microblog controls

The Associated Press

BACK TO NORMAL: China's two biggest microblog sites resumed normal service after a three-day ban on posting comments. The controls had sparked complaints about censorship.

THE SPARK: The temporary suspension by Sina's Weibo.com and Tencent's t.qq.com followed a flurry of rumors online about the downfall of a prominent Communist Party figure.

THE BACKDROP: The clampdown underscores the party's anxiety over an Internet-wired public that is eager to discuss political events despite censorship and threats of punishment.