A genuine native Chinglish speaker would have already known the real answer. Only Matt wouldn't.
I was told VPNs will be iffy or non existent until after the 70th anniversary. Why does a Chinese need a VPN?
Chinese use vpns to play online games. A few academics in order to find english research articles.
He must be an academic.
Pretty easy way to test if this is a genuine Chinese person or not - ask them to start replying to questions in Chinese. Then get your wife/friend to read it to see if it makes sense.
Bit quiet after the test suggestion lol.
VPNs are actually widely used in business and other organizations. They were originally designed to keep communications secure. You can use them to access your company/institution's website remotely via a secure connection. You can also use this secure connection to exchange sensitive financial information (by far the widest use of VPNs).
Many Chinese companies and institutions use them as well. Many of them use VPNs that are developed by Chinese companies with backdoors for the government, but lots of smaller groups simply buy the same ones foreign individuals use to get past the GFW.
Anyway, it should get back to normal after the parade. If it doesn't, expect the VPN providers to switch to a different protocol that currently isn't affected.