back to article Cloudflare finds a way through China's network defences

Cloudflare has found a way to extend some of its services across the Great Firewall and into mainland China. "Performance and reliability for traffic flows across the mainland China border have been a consistent challenge for IT teams within multinational organizations," wrote product managers Kyle Krum and Annika Garbers. " …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Hole in the wall

    The CCP opens a hole in the wall for Cloudfare - it helps export earnings and CCP hackers need a reliable link.

  2. Duke of Source

    Seems Cloudflare is helping in the normalization of the splinternet here, of course in the name of performance. Hope remains it isn't a step toward "NewIP 2.0".

  3. elwe

    Sounds very much like the communist party is taking a leaf out of the CDN playbook and have started offering a private on network instance of the great firewall to those willing to cooperate. Cloudflare are probably the number one non-domestic traffic destination, so a good place to start.

  4. elsergiovolador Silver badge


    Or like Romans used to say pecunia non olet.

    That being said it will be nice and dandy for them, until some apparatchiks thinks they have spare capacity in their Gulag to fill in and who isn't better candidate for removal if not a worker submitting to capitalist filth.

  5. nichomach

    "This, Chen, is the Internet!" *

    * or at least an approved part of it...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Those packets are not lost, merely sent for 'retraining'

      See the packets are happy... look at their smiley emojis

  6. thejoelr


    That bit about covid seems very unrelated to the rest of things.

  7. Toni the terrible Bronze badge

    Cloudfare - and China

    Given the problems Cloudfare caused me in the past, possibly due to websites being not confugured properly (and not cloudfare per se I admit), I can only wish that China does not suddenlly find customers outside China cannot do any business with the world inside the Greal IT wall of China.

  8. plunet

    And the elephant in the room

    Unfortunately this article is fairly useless as it fails to specify whether to make content available in China with this new cloudflare agreement needs the usual ICP licence. There are plenty of CDN providers that have reach into China, including Cloudflare even before this 'announcement'. The main issue for most is whether it's worth the effort and hoop jumping to get and probably more importantly maintain an ICP licence.

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