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China Outlaws the Use of VPNs to Get Around Internet Bans

The Chinese government has recently blocked access to sites such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, which are the “roots” of the internet. Then internet users in the country have started to use private networks and VPNs, as a solution to bypass the restriction

But the Chinese government, which has not yet spoken the last word, has finally thrown out the step that internet users are afraid of. From this week, VPN use in China is now forbidden. Now VPN use and access to the internet via private cable connections will not be possible without an approval from the Chinese government.

According to the new regulations and rules announced by the China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the use of VPNs will be banned from March 2018 and the use will be criminalized to ensure that internet connection is ‘healthy’.


  • GrumpyGuyGrumpyGuy Member
    edited January 2017
    Perspective from a Western immigrant in China (from Reddit):

    [–]badduke666 701 points 18 hours ago 

    Working as an expat in China for the last 5 years. Cable TV and VPN have always been on government watchlist. They keep on banning IPs associated with VPNs. This is nothing new. It is not uncommon for cops to knock on your door if they see a dish antenna peeking out. As soon as they see it's a foreigner, the cops say "it's cool... carry on". Now we have IPTV that that doesn't require a dish so it's not that apparent.

    Companies, Banks, international schools, universities and even international divisions in Chinese public schools MUST have VPN to even function. It's not just for Facebook, Youtube etc. It's mostly to access random US Servers for whatever which get inadvertently blacklisted by the great firewall of China.

    There are plenty of things banned and illegal in China, in my experience they are usually enforced to an extent only in Beijing. Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu and other cities and towns are laid back and no government official will act on this order.

    This news is over sensationalized in the western world. We are yawning here.

    It is IMPOSSIBLE to enforce these policies on 1.4 billion people and additional foreigners.

  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    Information is a sweet nectar, and once once tasted, individuals will never want to release it, and everyone around them will seek to partake
    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
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