Best VPN for China

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1
ExpressVPN
  • Strong support
  • High speed
  • Huge amount of servers

$12.95

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VyprVPN
  • Fast speeds
  • 5 Simultaneous Connections
  • Chameleon Protocol
  • 3 Day Free Trial

$9.95

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Nord VPN
  • Fast P2P connection
  • Easy-to-use
  • DNS leak resolver

$11.95

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Pure VPN
  • 80,000+ IPs
  • Wi-Fi security
  • Dedicated IP option

$10.95

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SaferVPN
  • Browser Extant ion (500 mb)
  • 1 Day Trial
  • All platforms support
  • Cheap

$8.99

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HideMyAss
  • Flexible design
  • Fast speeds
  • Strong encryption

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Currently, people in China have an access to only permitted and totally censored resources. VPN providers were actually in a gray zone as they were not explicitly banned or illegal. Even some Chinese located VPN providers existed with their applications in official Apple and Android stores. But now almost all of them are shut down. For example, Chinese VPN provider Green send an e-mail to all its users informing that it ceasing all operations due to the request from the higher authorities.

China’s Great Firewall is becoming more powerful than ever. If during previous years Chinese internet users were able to use free VPN in China nowadays this little window to the censorship-free internet is closing.

But why it is happening. Here are possible reasons

  • On July 1st it was the 20th of the Handover of Hong Kong when China has become the ruler of Hong Kong instead of the United Kingdom.  But China didn’t keep its promises concerning the status of Hong Kong. In order to keep people from mainland China way from undesirable information, the government decided to shut down VPN providers.
  • There was also an information that one of the most powerful Chinese communists (Wang Qishan, the Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party) was accused of corruption. Of course, you will not find any information about it in mainland China, but VPN provides you an access to the mass-media all around the world that is why it is so important to restrict the usage of VPN.
  • One more reason can be the fact that due to controversial Chinese policy towards Hong Kong during a few past years were uprisings and other acts of civil disobedience. You might know that a lot of past democratic revolutions have started in social media like Twitter or Facebook. And a lot of young Chinese people have an access to those media using VPN services. Now almost all VPN services are under the restrictions.
  • And one more reason is the official position of the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology which has declared a war against all services which concern cross-border operations, including VPN providers. Until March 2018 all VPN services will be shut down. Of course, there is still time before the beginning of March 2018 but maybe the authorities decided to close VPNs for advance.

No matter what is the real reason of such mass apps removal, but it seems quite concerning. When governments have such wide authority to remove the applications they don’t like and app stores do this such situation may significantly restrict the rights of netizens to access freely to world wide web.

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