With the rising tensions between India and China, which started with the 15th June violent standoff in the Galwan Valley area in eastern Ladakh, the Indian government, had banned 59 Chinese mobile applications and stopped various other projects that had Chinese involvement. Immediately after these actions taken by India, China restricted all the access of Indian newspapers and websites.
Although there had been no restrictions made on the access of Chinese newspapers in India therefore, the people of China can only be able to access Indian newspapers and websites through a VPN (Virtual Private Network) server. A VPN is regarded as a powerful tool that offers users online privacy and security by creating a private network from a public internet connection.VPN creates a cover that hides the IP addresses of the users so that their online activities remain untraced.
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In consequence, China has created such a powerful and technologically advanced firewall that it will be able to block the VPN. VPNs like Express VPN had stopped working for the last two days on iPhone and desktops, in the Communist state. China, having one of the most strong online censorship in the globe, it can highly regulate and censor domestic internet usage and can easily block any website or links that go against the government. However, the Indian TV channels are still accessible through IP TV.
The Indian Newspaper Society (INS) had highly opposed and criticized China’s action of restricting access of Indian newspapers and websites and had urged the Indian government to take severe steps and ban access to Chinese media in India and call off all other collaborations or investments made by China in Indian media sectors.