AWS China Gateway

Global-to-China: Extend your success with AWS in China


Let AWS Help You Build a China-ready Business

AWS helps millions of customers worldwide transform their business, enabling digital transformation that unlocks innovation and customer success. AWS China region started its operation in China since 2013, and the investment has been expanding since then. 

The AWS China Gateway provides information that helps customers of all sizes to get started in using AWS to extend their business with AWS in China. 

AWS in China, Since 2013


Why AWS in China?

  • ThermoFisher
  • Siemens
  • Toyota
  • Swire Coca-Cola
  • Canva
  • ThermoFisher
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    Thermo Fisher is an American biotechnology company that creates genetic testing and laboratory equipment. The company used AWS to build the Thermo Fisher Cloud, a platform that helps medical researchers and scientists securely store, analyze, and share data globally. By using AWS, Thermo Fisher can provide its customers with a scalable and secure platform on which to conduct research, collaborate, and improve medical treatments for patients.

    “We highly appreciate the powerful & scalable compute & storage capability AWS provides, and enabling efficient data upload. Meanwhile AWS team helped a lot so we can launch successfully on time.”

    - Tao Chen, Director, Thermo Fisher Scientific China

  • Siemens
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    Siemens Smart Home solution connected millions devices at home to monitor and manage the home environment, such as temperature and air quality. Siemens built its Smart Home solution on AWS in China, as the result, Siemens increased its final development efficiency by at least 30%-40% and reduced its operation costs by at least 10%-20%, ensures the stable connection of massive number of home equipment and realizes the provision of stable intelligent services for home users.are data globally. 

    “With the support of AWS's comprehensive Serverless architecture, our overall development efficiency has increased by at least 30%-40% and operation costs have decreased by at least 10%-20%”.

    - Zhang Hao, Director of Software R&D of Siemens Advanta Solution Development Service, Siemens (China) Co., Ltd.

  • Toyota
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    While more and more cars are getting connected to internet and service providers, Toyota needs robust, scalable and cost effective solutions for the best customer experience of millions of drivers. Working with AWS China, Toyota built a highly scalable Big Data Center platform from scratch to production in 5 months and saved huge cost thanks to cost-saving features of AWS services, serverless architecture, and automated operation and maintenance. With AWS Enterprise Support and dedicated Technical account manager, Toyota was able to secure production workloads and meet time to market of services and features.

    “With the help of AWS account team and technical team, we launched the Toyota Big Data Center Platform from scratch to production in 5 months. AWS helped us to build fully automated architecture and helped us to save huge cost.”

    - Kobako Mitsutake, VP, Toyota Connected China

  • Swire Coca-Cola
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    Swire Coca-Cola has taken digital transformation as its strategic direction in the digital age. With its legacy IT architecture lacking the required scalability and flexibility to suit a need for a more robust, flexible, and scalable IT architecture, Swire Coca-Cola made the decision to migrate to the cloud. It closed three on-premises production and disaster recovery data centers and migrated all of its business systems, including SAP and its CRM, to AWS in China in 10 months.
    By migrating its entire IT infrastructure to AWS, Swire Coca-Cola saved infrastructure costs and achieved digital transformation goals, such as to quickly adjust resources in response to rapid changes in the market.

    “Our company saw an opportunity to rid itself of the traditional burdens of IT and enable the company’s IT team to work on accelerated innovations and enhance competitive technologies by shutting down data centers and migrating all business systems to the cloud” .

    - Dominic Wheeler, CIO of Swire Coca-Cola

  • Canva
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    Canva is an Australian independent software vendor offering its design-on-demand application to 15 million active users in 190 countries. Canva launched Chinese products in August 2018. Since then, Canva China has built a first-class Chinese online design platform in AWS China Beijing Region, integrating tens of millions of high-definition pictures, Chinese and English fonts, original templates, illustrations and other visual elements. So far, Chinese users have created more than 50 million designs on the platform.

    “We saved a lot of time thanks to AWS cloud computing resources in China and we were able to reuse the infrastructure configuration that we have relied on globally. Re-architecting our system for any other local provider would have delayed our China launch by over a year.”

    - Jim Tyrrell, Head of Infrastructure, Canva

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Long-term commitment in China 

  • So far, China is the only country outside of the US where AWS has three regions. With the three fully functioned AWS Regions, we could support all kinds of workloads and business scenarios.
  • We have 2 labs to support the high demands and rapid development on IoT and artificial intelligence particularly in that region.
  • We have operation in 20 cities in China. With the highly capable professionals from AWS Professional Services, Solution Architects and AWS Support team, we are able to provide consultancy, technology solutions and support to all kinds of customers. We are building industry solution capabilities and establishing team with strong industry background and in-depth industry knowledge, deeply understanding our customers’ pain points and serving their needs. APN-certified partners have years of experience in bringing global businesses to China.

Compliant with China’s legal and regulatory requirements

  • Infrastructure tailored for China
    • AWS China Regions are located within mainland China.
    • An AWS China Region Account is physically and logically separated from other AWS Regions.
  • Fully certified to Chinese cloud standards
    • AWS China Regions have attained necessary certifications for operating cloud services in China.
  • ICP Recordal support
    • AWS partners Sinnet and NWCD can support customers requiring ICP Recordals for their top-level domain names in China.

Globally consistent experience

  • AWS China Regions have the same console experience as other AWS regions. Developers won’t need additional training to use AWS services in the AWS China Regions, which use the same APIs, SDKs, and CLIs used in other AWS Regions.
  • Write code once and deploy globally with ease.
  • Global standard security.

Easily migrate your applications to AWS China Regions with seamless cross-border connection

  • AMIs and data can be easily copied into AWS China Regions.
  • Select from a wide variety of global and local third-party tools and solutions to help your migration.
  • Using services provided by leading Chinese telecommunication carriers, customers can easily establish connectivity between resources in AWS China Regions and those located outside China. 
  • Bandwidth can be flexibly configured, based on business requirements.

What customers say?

  • With over 14 years in the market and millions of customers globally running every imaginable use case, AWS has the most operational experience of any cloud provider.
  • We are taking our experience with millions of customers globally and applying it at the regional level in key markets such as China to extend our customers’ success with AWS in China.  
  • Customers feel confident in choosing AWS for the capabilities and services based on its reputation and experience. Here are just a handful of global customers who have chosen AWS in China across various industries and sectors, including Thermo Fisher, Siemens, Toyota, Swire Coca-Cola, Canva, and more.

What are on our customers’ top of mind?

Global-to-China landing roadmap:
We recommend you consider the following landing road map and check list while you plan business expansion to China.
See check list >>
Business Planning & Implementation
  • Understand China regulatory requirement
    • Market entry
    • Operation
  • Setup China legal entity
  • Early engage with AWS and APN partners 



IT Planning
  • Define deploy strategy from global to China
    • Network infrastructure
    • Data residency and transit
    • Security
  • Understand AWS China
    • Business model
    • Service parity & alternatives
    • Local resources
    • Reference cases
AWS on-boarding
  • Register AWS China Account
  • Go through ICP Filing for public website
  • Sign customer agreements
  • Execute deploy strategy
  • Assure Infosec & compliance (e.g. MLPS)
Operation & Iteration
  • Leverage AWS best practices
    • ProServe
    • Enterprise support
    • Enterprise programs
  • Leverage APN partners’ migration & integration service
  • Leverage AWS China marketplace

Information security and compliance

Similar to the U.S. Privacy Shield framework and the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), China’s Cybersecurity Law (2017) has deeply impacted the regulatory environment and increased the factors that need to be considered when doing business in China. We highly recommend customers study relevant laws in detail to get best understanding of the regulations in your market segment.
"Global customer journey in China" shares our understanding about the regulatory environment and recommendations customers might want to take into account. ICP and MLPS are the two most common requirements, hence, we provide details of what they are and what we can support you in those two subjects.
Last but not least, when you use AWS regions, you already meet the data residency requirement. AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS) is now available in China regions, which will make you rest assured that you already meet Crypto requirements. And our MLPS 2.0 level 3 certified to proof your application are MLPS certified.

Go-to-China check list
We recommend you consider the following check list while you plan business expansion to China -
1. Use China local business entity
In most cases, customer needs a China legal entity to operate business in China. This entity will be the owner and carrier of your business and totally represent you in China. Unless you are reselling product or service in China through local partners, we recommend you to setup your own legal entity. AWS is working with APN hosting service partners and local incubators as well as VC/PEs who can provide relevant support in China
2. Work with partners
If you are working with APN partners outside China, we’d highly recommend you to reach out to them for assistant. Most of our APN partners have been successfully supported many international customers extending business to China. Working with those APN partners will be the best way for you to extend partnership and success into China.
3. Key things to consider while design your network infrastructure
While you have demand of cross-border data transit, you may need to consider three things –
• The connection
Make sure to use authorized service provider for VPN, leased line or SD-WAN
• Data security
Data security is mainly about store and transit. You may consult AWS Solution Architect or work with AWS professional service team to design an infrastructure best fit your requirement
• Regulation update
We know the governor is iterating the regulations continuously. Please stay connected with your AWS counterpart closely to mitigate any potential risk
4. Decide your payment method
You can settle the payment through wire transfer or leverage consolidate billing process to settle payment through 3rd party as long as the bank of the payer account able to process local currency CNY.
5. Setup SaaS
There is no specific SaaS license required in China yet, and most of the requirements will be very much depend on the SaaS service itself. We recommend you to consult your legal counsel to see if any regulations related to your SaaS offering including SaaS account management, license and data security. 



  Market Entry Operation
Regulatory Requirements
  • Negative List
  • Favorable arrangements in FTZ and under CEPA
  • Industry specific regulations
  • Cybersecurity Regulation
  • Other supporting regulations, measures and national standards


& Actions

  • Business model
  • Business license
    • General (for all industries)
      • ICP Filing
    • Industry specific (use Telecom Catalogue as an example)
      • ICP License
      • IRC (Internet Resource Collaboration)
      • PaaS & SaaS
  • Public Security Bureau Filing
  • MLPS - Multi-Level Protection Scheme
  • CII - Critical information infrastructure
  • Data Governance
    • Personal Information
    • Data Local Storage & Cross-Border Transfer
  • Real Name Verification
  • Content Compliance
  • Finance system (SAP) backup

Internet Content Providers (ICPs) is the process built under China Cyber Security Law and relevant regulations, it is the most important mechanism to govern the behavior on Internet.
Check more information on public internet

What is ICP filling and license?
If you provide content that can be accessed through public internet, can be a website, mobile APP, or Web API for non-commercial purposes (e.g. E-commerce for promoting and selling its own products) , you may simply just need to go through the ICP filing process. You may heard of “ICP Recordal” or “ICP Bei’An’”, they are same thing.
If you are providing specific services over internet through website, mobile APP, provide Web API, or the content and service with commercial transactions (e.g. online advertisement, e-commerce for 3rd parties to sell their products), or related to governed market segments like education, healthcare, media, financial service, you may need to obtain certain ICP license accordingly.
The law asked all public cloud service providers can only serve those content or service owners with ICP licenses or completed ICP filing, NWCD and Sinnet will verify customers’ qualifications before active the service for public access. Customers who apply ICP must have a China local business entity in mainland China and the domain name should be registered in China DNS provider with one local domain certificate. NWCD and Sinnet disable port 80/443/8080 by default before the ICP approved.

AWS China’s support on ICP
AWS China business development manager can work with Sinnet & NWCD to help you on ICP process.
*  Sinnet: As the operator of AWS China (Beijing) Region, is responsible for supporting and verifying ICP filling and ICP License for AWS China (Beijing) Region customers. Check details on Sinnet website.
*  NWCD: As the operator of AWS China (Ningxia) Region, is responsible for supporting and verifying ICP filling and ICP License for AWS China (Ningxia) Region customers. Learn more from NWCD website.

Public security registration process
When you have obtained the ICP filing or license, you shall continue to apply for filing at the local police bureau within 30 days. Reach out your counterpart from AWS China for assistant.


What is MLPS?
The multi-level protection scheme (“MLPS”) is a core part of the Chinese cybersecurity legal regime. It requires network operators to classify their networks into different security grades scaling from Level 1 to Level 5 and undertake the corresponding level of cybersecurity obligations.

  • If you are a network operator as defined in the Cyber Security Law ("CSL"), you are responsible for proposing your network’s grade level based upon a self-assessment. The grade is classified according to the severity of potential damages that a cybersecurity incident to the network may cause. If you propose Level 2 or above regarding your network, you are required to engage a qualified expert to conduct an additional assessment and the result should be filed with the industry authority for approval, and further with the public security bureau for certification.
  • If your network is graded Level 3 or above, you should select cyber products and services equivalent to or above the security protection grade of your network. Both Sinnet and NWCD have obtained MLPS Level 3 certification for their systems used to provide AWS services. Upon your request, Sinnet and NWCD can provide you with information about their respective MLPS certification subject to your confidentiality agreements with them.
  • If you are a network operator as defined in the CSL, you should comply with the general MLPS obligations under the CSL from two aspects: (i) organizational, such as managing internal security system, implementing network security, designating personnel in charge, and (ii) technical, such as establishing technical measures to prevent virus, cyberattacks and network intrusion, backup and encryption, and keeping network logs for 6 months.
    Failing to fulfill any of the above general obligations may result in administrative penalties, including warning, order for rectifications, and monetary penalties on both the company and the personnel directly in charge.

How AWS support you with MLPS?
As an AWS customer in China, you may evaluate the impact of conducting MLPS audit against your system. AWS has a variety of offerings to help you. Firstly, China two regions have been certified as MLPS level 3. this is the foundation. Second, our solution architect could help to provide technical suggestions when you need to fulfill one of the requirements. We also offer AWS China compliance briefing in order to help you understand the underlying MLPS compliance. We provide trainings to the authorized MLPS auditor about AWS cloud and make them be familiar and knowledgeable with AWS technologies before auditing our customers, which will help to accelerate the audit process. AWS professional service and a series of partners could also provide consultancy and technical/product support. Please discuss with your counterpart in AWS China.


AWS China regions are hosting the same standard of infrastructure as other regions from AWS global. Sinnet and NWCD are data center license holders which allow them to operate cloud services.

Major security auditing certifications for AWS Beijing region (Sinnet): MLPS (Multi-Layer Protection Scheme) Level 3, ISO9001, ISO27001, ISO20000, ISO22301, Trusted Cloud Service, PCI-DSS, SOC, IRCS (Internet Resource Collaboration Service)

Major security auditing certifications for AWS Ningxia Region (NWCD): MLPS (Multi-Layer Protection Scheme) Level 3, ISO9001, ISO27001, ISO20000, ISO22301, ISO27018, Trusted Cloud Service, PCI-DSS, SOC1-2-3, IRCS (Internet Resource Collaboration Service)

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AWS China Resources

Global and China AWS work as ONE team along the whole customer journey. Together with our vibrant partner network and local expertise in professional service, solution architects and support, we provide you with a hassle-free operational mechanism for ‘Global-to-China’ landing.

  • Partner Network
  • Professional Services
  • Local Support
  • Partner Network
  • The number of AWS partners in China has grown into thousands, including both global partners and local partners, from consultancy partners, to SIs and ISVs, providing both global solutions and local industry vertical solutions. Find out more

    AWS Marketplace China, officially launched in January, this year, now offers more than 150 software products across several categories such as operating system, security, network infrastructure, big data, and business analytics. Find out more in Marketplace.

  • Professional Services
  • AWS China professional services (The “ProServe”) in China consists of professionals with extensive industry practice knowledge and strong full-stack solution competency.

    As one of Proserve’s offerings in China, AWS China ProServe have supported many multinational companies localize their headquarters aligned Landing Zone design, migrate to AWS China regions and work properly complying to customers’ global requirement. This has helped global customers easily roll out their applications to China and effectively support customers’ worldwide programs’ execution and business development. 

    More importantly, AWS China ProServe Landing Zone services support customers’ application deployment on AWS China adhere to China MLPS 2.0 requirements.

  • Local Support
  • One-to-one support for fast response channel is provided with experienced technical support engineer, all day without break for the year (24x7x365) for customer service. This service helps customers of all sizes and technical capabilities provided by the successful use of the AWS products and features.

    If you are interested in AWS Support, please create a case in Support Center or email for AWS China region support plan subscription and change. You can also visit AWS Support website for more details:

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  • What is the official website for AWS China Regions? .

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  • Who is operating AWS China (Beijing) Region and AWS China (Ningxia) Region?

    Beijing Sinnet Technology Co., Ltd.("Sinnet") operates and provides AWS services from the AWS China (Beijing) Region, and Ningxia Western Cloud Data Technology Co., Ltd. (“NWCD”) operates and provides AWS services from the AWS China (Ningxia) Region. Both Sinnet and NWCD are in full compliance with Chinese regulations.

  • How do I get access to with the AWS China (Beijing) Region or AWS China (Ningxia) Region?

    Please request an account at

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  • Can I use my existing AWS Inc. Account to access the China (Beijing) Region or AWS China (Ningxia) Region?

    Customers who wish to use AWS China Regions are required to sign up for a separate set of account credentials unique to AWS China services. Customers with existing AWS, Inc. credentials will not be able to access resources in AWS China Regions, and vice versa.

  • Can I migrate the non-marketplace image (Amazon Machine Image (AMI)) I used in AWS global regions to AWS China Regions?

    Yes, you can. Please submit a request for an AWS China account and a representative of AWS China Regions will contact you to guide you on how to do the migration.

  • What are the requirements to register for an AWS China account?

    In accordance with Chinese laws and regulations, companies that want to register for an AWS China account need to provide [1] a valid Chinese business license issued by the Bureau of Industry and Commerce or a valid license or permit issued by the qualified Chinese governmental organization that can evidence your due incorporation and valid existence and [2] valid contact information. Once you have completed the registration form, a representative will contact you to follow-up on the registration process.

  • Will credit card be required during the AWS China account registration process?

    A credit card is not required at this time.

  • Can individuals apply for an AWS China account?

    No, AWS China accounts are only open to customers who have established Chinese legal entities.

  • AWS China Hotline?

    AWS China (Beijing) Region Hotline: 1010 0966 .

    AWS China (Ningxia) Region Hotline: 1010 0766 .

  • What services are available in the AWS China (Beijing) Region and AWS China (Ningxia) Region?

    For services available in the AWS China (Beijing) Region operated by Sinnet, or AWS China (Ningxia) Region operated by NWCD, please visit

    For services available in other AWS regions, please visit

  • What is the pricing of the AWS China Beijing region / Ningxia region and where can I find it?

    Please refer to AWS China (Beijing) region and (Ningxia) region’s product page on, to find pricing information on products.

  • What if I have questions about my account?

    After you have completed the AWS China account sign up process, you can contact the Customer Support team online or by calling 1010 0966 for AWS China (Ningxia) Region, 1010 0766 for AWS China (Beijing) Region. Working hours are from 9AM to 6PM Monday through Friday (Beijing time).

  • Are AWS China account invoices in Chinese or English?

    You will receive an invoice in Chinese for each month’s usage. To request an invoice in English, please contact AWS China Customer Support at

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  • Will AWS China provide customer support in English?

    Yes, you can receive customer support in English.

  • Any information regarding technical support and additional support resources for an AWS China account?

  • What currencies will AWS China (Beijing) Region or AWS China (Ningxia) Region accept?

    Chinese Yuan (CNY) is the only accepted currency.

  • Do I have to pay from a Chinese bank account?

    No. You can pay your monthly invoice using overseas bank accounts that handle Chinese Yuan.

  • What payment methods do you support?

    The payment methods accepted for an AWS China account invoice is online payment and wire transfer. Unlike AWS global accounts, credit card payments are not supported at this time.

  • What is ICP recordal?

    An ICP (Internet Content Provider) recordal is registration procedure that certifies a publicly accessible website/mobile app located in mainland China is deployed on a server or CDN located in mainland China.

  • Is having an ICP recordal necessary in order to utilize AWS China Regions?

    If you would like to host a publicly accessible website/mobile app under AWS China Regions, an ICP recordal is needed. Sinnet is responsible for ICP recordal applications of AWS China (Beijing) region. NWCD is responsible for ICP recordal applications of AWS China (Ningxia) region. You can refer to the SINNET website or NWCD website for ICP recordal application information.

  • What is ICP License?

    Enterprise websites that are established for the purpose of generating income through publishing information, advertising, setting up e-mail accounts, conducting business activities, and providing a platform for others to perform such activities through a website and linked domain name structure hosted in mainland China are required to apply for an ICP License. Before you apply for an ICP License, you must have an ICP recordal number.

  • Do I need to file for an ICP Recordal or apply for an ICP License if I want to host public content on AWS China Regions?

    Yes. In accordance with Chinese laws and regulations, if you use AWS China (Beijing) Region operated by Sinnet or AWS China (Ningxia) Region operated by NWCD to host a website providing non-commercial Internet information services, you must undertake filing procedures for a non-commercial website (an “ICP Recordal”) at the relevant government authority. If you use AWS China (Beijing) Region operated by Sinnet or AWS China (Ningxia) Region operated by NWCD to host a website providing commercial Internet information services, you must obtain a value-added telecommunications license for a commercial website (an “ICP License”) from the relevant government authority. You may be required to procure your ICP Recordal or ICP License, as applicable, before you use any of the AWS China Regions to host public content.

    Sinnet is responsible for supporting and verifying ICP Recordals and ICP Licenses for content hosted in the AWS China (Beijing) Region. NWCD is responsible for supporting and verifying ICP Recordals and ICP Licenses for content hosted in the AWS China (Ningxia) Region. Both Sinnet and NWCD provide this support service at no additional charge, but customers are responsible for any fees imposed by the applicable governmental authorities. Please go to either Sinnet at, or NWCD at to learn more about their filing process.

  • I already have an ICP recordal, and I would like to change my hosting provider to Sinnet or NWCD so that I can utilize AWS China Regions. What do I do?

    You can log on to our ICP Management System (SINNET ICP Management System or NWCD ICP Management System) and apply to transfer your ICP recordal to Sinnet or NWCD. As this system is only available in Chinese, you may need to seek assistance from a Chinese speaker. For reference, this process is referred to as “新增接入” (Add a new website for ICP Filing) in Chinese.

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  • What are the SLAs for AWS China Regions?

    Please find details about the AWS China Regions SLAs at the following locations: