Tuesday, July 14, 2020
News

Indian newspapers, websites not accessible in China

   SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend    Print this Page   COMMENT

Beijing | June 30, 2020 11:42:01 AM IST
Amid ongoing border tension between China and India following the June 15 standoff, the Indian newspapers and websites are not accessible in China.

Though Chinese newspapers and websites continue to be accessible in India, people in China can only access the Indian media websites with Virtual Private Network (VPN) server.

The Indian TV channels also can be accessed through IP TV as of now. And ExpressVPN has not been working in the Communist state for the past two days on the iPhone as well as desktops.

A virtual private network (VPN) is a powerful tool that gives users online privacy and anonymity by creating a private network from a public internet connection. VPNs mask internet protocol (IP) address so a user's online actions are virtually untraceable.

But China has created such a technologically advanced firewall that it blocks even the VPNs.

The recent action comes amid the ongoing tension between India and China after the violent standoff on June 15 in Galwan Valley area in eastern Ladakh in which both sides suffered casualties.

The Chinese action of banning Indian media sites came even before Indian government's move to ban 59 applications including Tik Tok, UC Browser and other Chinese apps "prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity and defence" of the country.

China has one of the strongest online censorship in the world. It is known to heavily regulate and censor domestic internet usage and actively block any websites or links that are seen as going against the narrative of the communist party.

The Asian country has the world's most sophisticated censorship system known as the 'Great Firewall'. The Chinese government controls the media through techniques including blocking IP addresses, DNS attacks and filtering specific URLs and keywords within URLs, according to SCMP.

According to an article in South China Morning Post in November, over the years, the number of websites blocked in China has ballooned to 10,000.

The blacklist includes social networks like Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp; news outlets like Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times; and popular collaboration tools such as Dropbox and Google Drive (or anything else on Google).

In 2016, Freedom House ranked China last for the second consecutive year out of sixty-five countries that represent 88 percent of the world's internet users. (ANI)

 
  LATEST COMMENTS ()
POST YOUR COMMENT
Comments Not Available
 
POST YOUR COMMENT
 
 
TRENDING TOPICS
 
 
CITY NEWS
MORE CITIES
 
 
 
MORE WORLD NEWS
China denies burial to its soldiers kill...
Florida reports record 15,300 COVID-19 c...
China's central bank injects 30 billion ...
China-Russia trade turnover fell by 6% t...
'Andaman and Nicobar Islands can be cent...
Putin, Erdogan discuss Hagia Sophia over...
More...
 
INDIA WORLD ASIA
MLA's death: BJP calls for shutdown in n...
J&K L-G launches 10 power projects, lays...
Sharp-edged weapons used to kill 8 polic...
Chattisgarh: Soor village's guardian ang...
Will vacate govt accommodation by August...
Chhattisgarh: Soor village's guardian an...
More...    
 
 Top Stories
Thai PM hints at cabinet reshuffle ... 
11 more deaths take UK COVID-19 dea... 
ICC likely to discuss fate of T20 W... 
Florida reports record 15,300 COVID... 
CLP meeting underway at Fairmont Ho... 
63 more COVID-19 cases in Puducherr... 
We are not demanding floor test as ... 
Doctor with boxing team tests posit...