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Over the past few weeks I have been having problems in China accessing drupal.org, drush stopped working for module updates and installs. To confirm this I then used http://www.blockedinchina.net to check and it confirmed that the site is inaccessible in China. But they have not blocked wordpress.org or joomla.org as of writing this post. I know that the firewall sometimes block site addresses and sometimes blocks whole server IP's, if its the later then maybe someone working for drupal.org could test if there ip is blocked in China and if it's just the IP then consider changing it so that users in this part of the world can access the site without going through a VPN.