In a network far, far away....
There’s a street in San Francisco called Gold Street, named for the banks that held the spoils of the Gold Rush.
Your gold was safe in those banks. The trick was getting your gold into them without interruption. Along the way, you might get hit over the head or slipped a Mickey, and find yourself with no gold and a splitting headache on a surprisingly slow boat to China (i.e. being Shanghaied).
Today, there are no banks on Gold Street. You’re not going to get hit over the head going to dinner at Bix. But you’re still likely to encounter something slow to China that leaves you with the same big, bad headache: your network.
China. Business is booming. But connecting to businesses in China remains a huge PITA. There is precedent for good connectivity into and out of China: private networks (MPLS etc.). Tolerated by the government for business purposes.