Internet a mixed blessing to Chinese government – Xinhua

From Xinhuanet (link)

With 111 million Internet users — 11 percent of the world’s total and rising — China is facing an unprecedented quandary on how to regulate the new medium and perceptions abroad of government controls.

Last week, China’s central news websites, including Xinhuanet.com, People.com.cn and China.com.cn, backed a proposal by major Beijing-based portals for self-censorship and the eradication of pornographic and violent content.

“No indecent texts or photos, no search engines for such content, no links to indecent websites, and no games involving sex and violence,” promised the 14 portals.

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