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Entering China Market as a Foreign Company.

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More Posted time:Jun 22, 2017 15:33 PM
Hi,
We are a company not located in China but planning to launch game server in China to serve China players. I do have some question on this and hopefully there will be answers on this:
  1. Is there an email for contact as i send an email through the support but seems like no reply from the support email?
  2. Will that be any problem if we want to host the server in China? (During server purchases? ICP Filing etc?)
  3. Currently we are using AWS with the following feature, is it also provided in Alibaba Cloud?
    • Elastic Beanstalk.
    • EC2
    • CloudWatch
    • S3
    • Route 53 (we do have a domain).
    • Certificate Manager
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     we do have an domain name to ease our management in Servers and for
    setting up SSL in AWS, and for my understanding that will require us to
    do a ICP Filing in China as long as we do have an domain name. Here are
    some sub questions:
    • Is it possible that we can setup SSL for
       servers without any domain name since it require an ICP filing but we
      are only providing game servers and not website in China?
    • Does Alibaba Cloud provide any feature like Elastic IP in AWS?
    • Is the ICP Filing/Licensing a must if we want to use a domain name in China?
    • Is it possible for we to use the same domain name that we are using in AWS in Alibaba Cloud?

    Thank you and hope to heard from you soon.
    
    hanneng
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    Posted time:Jun 13, 2018 22:59 PM
    to answer your question

    Is it possible that we can setup SSL for  servers without any domain name since it require an ICP filing but we
    are only providing game servers and not website in China?
    >> SSL cert require a domain name.


    Does Alibaba Cloud provide any feature like Elastic IP in AWS?
    >>Yes.
    Alibaba Cloud's Elastic IP
    Refer to link
    https://www.alibabacloud.com/product/eip




    Is the ICP Filing/Licensing a must if we want to use a domain name in China?
    >> Yes.
    Refer to link https://www.alibabacloud.com/icp



    Is it possible for we to use the same domain name that we are using in AWS in Alibaba Cloud?

    >> Yes.
    You need to migrate your application from AWS to Alibaba Cloud
    
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    Posted time:Jun 14, 2018 2:17 AM
    I would like to add to henneng's answer which is correct.

    For the following AWS services:
    Elastic Beanstalk -> no equivalent
    EC2 -> ECS
    CloudWatch -> CloudMonitor
    S3 -> OSS
    Route 53 ->  DNS
    Certificate Manager  - no equivalent

    For DNS services inside China, you will need to use Alibaba Cloud DNS. For AWS Certificate Manager, Alibaba does not have free certificate support. You can use Let's Encypt to generate SSL certificates for ECS, CDN, API Gateway, etc. I have written some articles with several more coming this month on SSL and Alibaba services: https://www.neoprime.io/info/


    You will want a seperate domain name for China registered with a Chinese registrar and using a Chinese DNS server like Alibaba Cloud DNS. You will not be able to use AWS Route 53 outside China to resolve DNS requests inside China (it is possible but not practical). In your decision process treat China as a seperate world isolated from everywhere else (in regards to designing your IT infrastructure). Do not plan to do replication, cloning, etc of servers inside China with servers outside of China.



    Once you decide to go with Alibaba Cloud, you will need to purchase an ECS instance for one year in advance (pay as you go is not an option) and then start the ICP filing. I would have the website fully developed as you must put this on the application. Once approved you need to add the ICP licesne to each web page.

    Another item is how you will transfer data to/from your servers in China. A VPN is best for this, but this also requires goverment licensing.

    Provided that you are not processing payments on your servers in China, the ICP process will be easy. However, if you want to collect payments, get prepared for a lot more work.
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