Foreign companies that have an office in China may already have felt the effect of the ”Great Firewall” in China. Internet users are not pleased with this crackdown, specifically expatriates on assignment in China who will be impacted the most.

State-owned China Telecom, the country's largest internet service provider, has announced that virtual private networks (VPNs) will only be allowed to connect to a company's headquarters abroad. VPNs will be barred from accessing other sites outside of China. 

This "internet crackdown" will undoubtedly impact business travelers and expatriates on the business level, but how will this effect expatriates on the personal level? With news and social media sites possibly being blocked, what will this do to expats hoping to stay in touch with those back home?