All the news that's fit to split: China demands Apple pulls the New York Times app from the App Store
There is a political reason for China's decision to block the New York Times. After all, apps from other publications that cover global news such as The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times remain available on China's app store. Some date China's attempt to block online versions of the Times back to 2012 when the paper wrote about Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and his family.
In October 2015, Apple removed its own News app from China so that Apple wouldn't be forced to censor the app itself. The app lists some of the top stories of the day, curated for iOS users.