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Xinhua: GAPP Hit Hard on Lowbrow Net Games

Xinhua reported recently that the General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP) was undergoing a major operation to hit “lowbrow” Internet based games. There have been more than 200 games investigated since June. Among them, 45 unauthorized foreign games such as America 1930 were closed down.

GAPP believes the main issues are: (1) some gaming companies carry foreign games without permission; (2) some domestic games did not register with the authorities; (3) some games added porno, gambling and violent content after registration; (4) some did not set up a government required anti-addiction control system; (5) some games used lowbrow language for marketing.

Source: Xinhua, August 31, 1009.

Xinhua: Central Government’s New Arrangement for Stability

Because of the widespread international financial crisis, China has a much greater social stability problem to deal with, especially when there are more and more “sensitive periods.” The following points summarize some of the successful experiences: (1) Trying to solve important issues people have their focus on; (2) Establishing a risk assessment system; (3) Enforcing the responsibilities of leadership on all levels; (4) Enhancing grass roots work at the base level ; (5) Responding quickly on sensitive incidents with press “guidance”; (6) Firmly and artfully fighting the hostile forces’ penetrations.

The current two biggest “tough battles” are maintaining stability in Xinjiang and maintaining the safety of the 60th anniversary celebration. Social stability is now considered the top responsibility of the leaders of the Party and of the government at all levels.

Source: Xinhua, September 7, 2009.

Speaker of the Taiwan Affairs Office Commenting on Dalai Lama’s Visit

The Speaker of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council released comments on the Dalai Lama’s visit to Taiwan, stating that the Democratic Progressive Party engineered the visit of the Dalai Lama, who is a long term devoted splitter of China. We are strongly against this move. Our position is clear and firm: The Dalai Lama’s visit will surely have a negative impact on the cross-strait relationship and we will keep a close eye on this matter’s development.

Source: China Youth Online, August 31, 2009

People’s Daily: Ten Thousand People Singing “Patriot” Songs in Beijing

The Chinese state newspaper People’s Daily reported that around ten thousand people were singing songs in the Beijing Workers’ Stadium. The event was primarily sponsored by the Central Propaganda Department of the Chinese Communist Party, the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Party and the Beijing City government. The “patriotic” songs were mainly to praise the fighting history of the Communist Party and to praise the Reform Policy.

Source: Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, August 27, 2009.

Xinhua: First Peak of an Aging Society This Year

Xinhua reported that the Tenth Conference of the College of Continuing Education for Senior Citizens from Eighteen Cities was held in Changchun City, Jilin Province. The report revealed that this year is the tenth year since China entered an era of an aging society, and is the first peak annual increase of the senior population, which changed from 3.11 million to 8 million people. With the first generation of the “single child” population stepping into their senior years, China’s “empty nest families” (families without children or whose children do not stay at home) reached around 49%.

Source: Xinhua, August 27, 2009.

Study Times: Establishing National Image from the Inside

Study Times, a newspaper by CCP Central Party School, recently published an article on a point made by Wang Jisi, Dean of the College of International Relations, Beijing University. Wang suggested that establishing a nation’s image is an exercise for self molding instead of something set by other people.

Wang believes the media in the West demonize everybody, not just China. That’s the nature of Western media. Reports on China represent only a very small percentage of the coverage in the West. A nation full of satisfied citizens will automatically have a good international image. In recent years, a large number of Chinese people have ignored indexes reflecting happiness and social justice. Too many people have focused on GDP, which does not have a direct relationship to the quality of people’s lives. China should bravely face the mistakes made in the past.

Source: Study Times, Issue 14, 2009.

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