Despite its overall burgeoning economy, China’s staunch censorship has caused its global market share in tech sectors—specifically IT—to lag behind. To get around this, the communist country is now allowing “cloud districts”—officially known as International Offshore Cloud Computing Special Management Districts—in which foreign users can access the Internet outside of China’s standard censorship.
Only for the use of foreign corporations, the first district will be found in the city of Chongqing. There, foreign businesspeople will have to first go through strict security checks and won’t be allowed to conduct business with domestic subsidiaries or branches of their international companies.
However small a step, it’s still indicative of progress. Though, can these districts ever really be trusted?