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China has ordered its telecoms providers to block access to all VPNs by February 2018.

As Bloomberg reports, the country’s government is seeking major upgrades to its infamous Great Firewall, specifically targeting the millions of citizens and businesses using VPNs to bypass censorship.

“VPNs are incredibly important for companies trying to access global services outside of China,” Jake Parker, vice president of the US-China Business Council told the publication.

“In the past, any effort to cut off internal corporate VPNs has been enough to make a company think about closing or reducing operations in China. It’s that big a deal.”