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2016/03/24 VPN

 All started just before the Chinese New Year:


No comments necessary :)  Still wonder what the message was that provoked the Beijing government. Seems like anyone can go ahead and sabotage VPN competitors in this case. 

It seems a bit counterintuitive why to spend money on a VPN that the Chinese government can shut down whenever they want. Seems Astrill now just have to accept being on Beijing's radar, which probably will mean a lot worse business for them, or make their product a lot harder for the government to shut down.

Unfortunately the result has been no / very poor VPN connections via Astrill starting from the Chinese New Year (8 Feb 2016) and then over the recent congress. 

This year's congress was first the "Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC)" then directly followed by "the third session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC)". Altogether ran for about 2 weeks from March 3 2016.


The "tipsforchina" website and twitter account has quite a lot of useful information regarding VPN performance.