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I hope I am not being phished or spoofed? If these are the legitimate websites of the Chinese Consulates, why would they use @gmail.com? Why don't they use their official addresses ending in gov.cn?

On the left side of http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/

E-mail: chinaembpress_us@mfa.gov.cn

But on the right side

Email for Authentication Application: authenticationoffice.dc@gmail.com

http://newyork.chineseconsulate.org/eng/tzgg/t1860769.htm

II. The newly added email address visaoffice.ny@gmail.com will be for inquiries related to Chinese Visa, Notarization/Authentication.

http://newyork.china-consulate.org/eng/zjfw/lxwm/201503/t20150304_5520170.htm

Email: cnnyconsulate@gmail.com

http://www.chinaconsulatechicago.org/eng/lgxx/gywm/200711/t20071106_5496383.htm

Email: chineseconsulgeneral.chicago@gmail.com

Scroll to the bottom.

Temporary Closure during the COVID-19 outbreak

Applicants are advised to postpone all applications.

Fax: 312-453-0211

Email: chinavisachicago@gmail.com

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    You might get a better answer in the travel or Expatriates exchanges
    – eps
    Mar 30 at 5:18
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    I'm sorry, but this is not a question about politics and political processes as defined in the help center. And even if it were on-topic, we probably could not answer it without going into wild speculation.
    – Philipp
    Mar 30 at 6:59
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    Just a guess that it's easier for them to set up gmail accounts than request their MFA to set up various sub-accounts. Bureaucracy and all that. A quick google search for "consulates using gmail" finds some from other countries doing the same.
    – Fizz
    Mar 30 at 7:17
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    @Fizz Irony being, Gmail services are blocked in China by the government. Mar 30 at 11:03
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    @TheSimpliFire: When in Rome...
    – Fizz
    Mar 30 at 15:07

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