In another example of how tech companies are forced to navigate tricky waters in order to operate in China, Amazon Web Services recently started asking customers to stop using technology that can get around the Great Firewall of China.
The New York Times reported that Beijing Sinnet Technology, which is the local partner for AWS operations in China, sent out several emails over the last few days reminding its cloud customers that they’re not allowed to host technology, such as virtual-private networks (VPNs), which routes around China’s extensive system of networking monitoring and firewall technology. Apple has also come under scrutiny for removing several virtual-private network apps from its App Store in China in response to similar pressure from the government.
It’s just the latest in a series of events over the past decade highlighting the uneasy relationship between American tech companies and the Chinese government, which insists tech companies doing business …