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Beijing Cracks Down on Net

3 October 2000

TAIPEI , TAIWAN – Oct. 3, 2000 – As reported by The Standard.com: "The Chinese government on Sunday made public new regulations imposing strict controls on the operation and financing of Internet content and service providers, unveiling the long-awaited set of rules on China's National Day.

"...If the broad new rules are the final word on Internet regulation, Chinese and foreign companies may face a hard road in developing the country's Internet industry.

"…The proportion of foreign ownership in such companies must comply with relevant laws and regulations.

"…The regulations include a sweeping ban on presenting or disseminating information that could harm the state or threaten reunification efforts with Taiwan. This could include state-classified information, pornography, gambling and advocacy of cults such as Falun Gong, a group that was banned last year and which has come under a government crackdown.

"Moreover, the Internet companies must be able to hand over to the government records of all users who have used their sites and all information posted there for a 60-day period.

"Content providers in areas defined as strategic, including news, education and health care, will also need approval from relevant agencies in these areas."

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