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New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg insisted Tuesday that Bloomberg News, which he owns, did not censor itself by killing two articles related to China. But he also asserted that, for at least a couple of more months, he is not involved with the news service because of his role as mayor.

Responding to a question from a reporter at a news conference, Bloomberg criticized an article that was published by The New York Times on Friday, which reported that editors at Bloomberg News, a division of his company, Bloomberg LP, had decided not to publish two investigative articles that might have been embarrassing to China’s leaders.

“Bloomberg did not do that; the editors said that was just not the case,” Bloomberg said.

According to an unidentified Bloomberg News employee quoted in The Times article, Matthew Winkler, the longtime editor of the news agency, said of one of the articles, “If we run the story, we’ll be kicked out of China.” The Times article also included a comment from Winkler disputing that account and saying that the articles had not been killed.

At the news conference Tuesday, Bloomberg cited Winkler’s response and defended the news service.

“No one thinks that we are wusses and not willing to stand up and write stories that are of interest to the public and that are factually correct,” he said.

The websites of Bloomberg News and The New York Times have been blocked in China because of articles about the wealth of the country’s leaders and their families.

Under guidelines from New York City’s conflicts of interest board, Bloomberg’s assets are managed like a blind trust. As he noted at the news conference, that will no longer be necessary after he leaves office.

“I don’t work for Bloomberg,” Bloomberg said. “I’ve recused myself from anything to do with the company. After Jan. 1, that restriction will go away.”