Opening Up by Closing Down

The Chinese goverment is contemplating new regulations to protect it’s culture.

A preface says the rules are intended to help China’s “opening up” to the outside world. …..

The regulations will:

… spell out what parts of China’s government are responsible for overseeing what parts of the media and entertainment industry, and they promise to make it more difficult for foreign companies to bring in books, the Internet and video games, and performing acts ..

Spell out the consequences:

“Import of cultural products contrary to regulations will be punished according to the circumstances, and in serious cases the import license will be revoked,” the rules state. “In the near future there will be no more approvals for setting up cultural import agencies.”

And clarify the aim:

A preface says the rules are intended to help China’s “opening up” to the outside world. But analysts and broadcasters said they were part of an effort to clamp down on foreign influence on culture.

source: NY Times: China Issues New Restrictions Aimed at Protecting Its Culture

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