Re: gov't interference with the internet contributed to this problem
I would not be so sure about snooping.
China ISP peering policy and specifically China big SP attempt to make any peering become a form of reciprocal paid transit (very popular with some Eu incumbents by the way), narrow transpacific bandwidth are more likely culprits. Apple (same as most USA cloud companies) is not budging to the extortion, so speeds to it from China remain hideously slow.
So it is more of a case results of "severe telecommitis" as seen in the ITU working group on peering than government interference.