Hitman 2 PS4 servers in China?

Hi all. Like some I have had issues connecting to Hitman 2’s servers. I think there might be an explanation for that, but I would like to check on here first.

I currently live in China where internet is somewhat of a finicky creature. Despite the restrictions I can access Playstation Store just fine, download at moderately fast speeds and theoretically also play online without a vpn. However, for some reason I cannot play Hitman 2 in Online mode. The error messages tell me “failed to fetch online resources”. I’ve tried uninstalling and reinstalling as well as using a mobile hotspot to no avail.

Any other workarounds I can try?

Try a VPN.
Somebody having similar problem posted here the other day.
He was advised to use VPN to see if it cures the situation.
He reported that VPN helped