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Using VPN in China is now officially a crime

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’.

Previously, the Chinese government made some moves towards VPNs, the biggest ban in this regard came in March 2016 at the time of the National People’s Congress in Beijing, and many VPN programs were out of use.

It is unclear how the Chinese government will identify VPN users and penalize them. The funny thing is that China’s leader, Xi Jinping, made the following statement recently at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland:

“We have to double our efforts to develop a global connection for all countries and help each other to achieve a common goal, a conservative regime is like locking itself in a dark room.”

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  • Caittm

    What I have heard so far is that making a VPN is a crime, not using it, rest assure nobody would be caught using a VPN. I would be travelling to China in a couple of weeks, my subscription of PureVPN would definitely come handy.

    • Allen

      Oh, total crap. Most services are better than PureVPN and you are a shill:
      I will target all your posts for all the “nice” experience your company provided me. Stop deceiving people with your fake accounts and comments.

      • ripvannwinkler


      • Lol, dude. Nice job

      • potatato

        can confirm. stayed 8 years in china and purevpn was one of the worst out there. fuck that guy

      • Caittm

        NordVPN too sucks big time. Gave it a try and it made me to hate VPN.

    • illuxion

      got pureVPN from some promotion a few months ago and it sucked so I forgot I had it. Currently in China saw this post so I gave it a try. All PureVPN IPs are blocked shill.

      • Caittm

        Thankyou NordVPN’s shill. Btw NordVPN sucks big time. Used it and I still regret my decision.

  • Nick

    I think none of the VPN provider cannot grant its service is working in China at this point.
    I know that Traceless VPN and couple of rare others are working there at the moment, but who knows what can happen in following days from Chinese side.

  • I’d like to understand better what they mean by VPN. If I set up an SSH server at home (in Canada) and set my girlfriend up to use it as a passthrough for when she goes to work in China, is that illegal?

  • Ethan Joshua

    Some VPN’s are working perfect here. I am currently on the trip to Vietnam and able to access all social media and streaming sites here. I am using PureVPN its working great.
    The website “USAVPN” helped me to get the best VPN for China, it might helps you too.

  • This is fake news. It is not illegal to use a VPN in China. Check this blog post for more information.