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Is there way for users in china to access my s3, ec2 and api gateways?


We have an extensive network of AWS services that support our application. But currently users from China can not reliably access the browser facing endpoints of our service (on EC2, S3 and API Gateway). Some days they can. Some days they can't. We are set up in 13 different AWS regions currently, and usually recommend users in China choose either our Singapore or Tokyo regions. But thats not working out.

We have investigated setting up our services on an AWS region in China, but it seems to mean maintaining an entirely parallel network of AWS services. And we don't really have the business in China to justify that much effort and cost. Our clients are schools and their users are students. So asking them to use a VPN is not really a solution.

So my question: Is there way for users in China to access our AWS services without us setting up a parallel AWS infrastucture in China? Have others done this? Is there an AWS region that always works for users in China?

1 Answer

This is the nature of the Internet: There are many different networks that make up the global internet; many different operators; many different country borders; many different regulatory divisions. It's not under anyone's single control so there is a limited amount of influence that you or even AWS can have in situations like this.

For reliable service in China, you will need to run services in the AWS China regions. And that means working within the regulatory frameworks in that country.

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answered 12 days ago
  • Thanks for your reply. But that's a political response to a technical question.

  • No, that's a technical response too. If you can't control it then there's not much you can do. You've already outlined the two paths that are open to you: Continue the way that you are operating; or launch resources in China.

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