When Apple launched iOS 9, one of the new features of the OS was their Apple News app and now it would appear that the app is blocked in China.
The blocking of the Apple News app in China was first discovered by Larry Salibra, who found out that it was actually Apple who was blocking the app in China.
At this point, it was pretty obvious that Apple isn’t using location tracking and geofencing to shut down the News App, but is doing so based on the mobile network the phone connected. This behavior points to the mechanism Apple uses to disable normal Apple Maps and replace it with Beijing-approved maps provided by the Chinese company Autonavi.
Apple has apparently disabled Apple News in China so that it does not have to censor individual articles, which the Chinese authorities may not be happy with, although Apple has yet to confirm this.