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CNNIC: 13,175 “Bad” Domain Names Blocked

China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) announced on December 28 that a total of 13,175 domain names have been banned since the government-run Internet rectification movement started on December 9. CNNIC is currently checking nearly 14 million registered .cn domain names manually. So far, the work on 2 million names has been completed. This latest round of the Internet rectification movement is mainly sponsored by the Ministry of Public Safety, in the name of fighting against pornography and illegal publications.

Source: Xinhua, December 29, 2009

Founding of the China Network Television (CNTV)

The state-owned Chinese Central Television (CCTV) is officially entering the Internet video market. CCTV formed an online TV platform under the name of  

The platform focuses on interactive audio/video services with global, multilingual, and multi-terminal support. CCTV is currently improving global mirroring. Major Chinese private video service providers intend to avoid direct competition against CNTV, citing its ownership by the Communist regime.  

It is well known that the primary business obstacle in the Chinese online video market is the violation of copyrights. 

Source: CBN, December 24, 2009

British Drug Trafficker Sentenced to Death despite UK Government Pressure

British citizen Akmal Shaikh was executed on December 29, 2009 in China. Shikh was found carrying four kilograms of heroin into China in 2007. According to Chinese law, the death sentence is given to people smuggling 50 grams or more heroin.

The British government, the media and other international human rights organizations appealed repeatedly to the Chinese government to reduce his sentence, citing psychological sanity concerns. The Chinese government stated that Shikh didn’t show signs of mental disorder, and that the trial was carried out following Chinese law and judicial process. Chinese media and judiciary experts consider the effort to save Shikh an attempt by the British government to exert undue influence on the Chinese judicial system.

Source: Xinhua, December 24, 2009

Wen Jiabao: No RMB Appreciation under Pressure

In an interview on December 27, 2009, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao commented on the RMB’s value. Wen confirmed that the RMB will not undergo any appreciation as a result of outside pressure. He suggested that protectionism is rising rapidly against China. Some countries are coming up with a large number of trade barriers, even in the name of environmental protection. Wen believes keeping a stable RMB value is China’s contribution to the world economy. Meanwhile, he is not optimistic about next year’s trend of Chinese exports.

Source: Xinhua, December 27, 2009

Official in Deputy Minister Grade: I Cannot Afford Housing Either

Professor He Keng, who is a National People’s Congress Standing Committee member, Vice Chairman of Congress Finance and Economy Committee, and Chairman of China Statistical Society of Education, recently commented that he could not afford an apartment based on his salary. The professor pointed out that there is a bubble in the Chinese real estate market, which is primarily caused by government speculation on both land and housing. He believes that local governments and some “experts” favor the existence of the bubble, because it has brought them profit. He also believes that sooner or later the price will drop.

Source: Global Times, December 15, 2009

Chinese Internet Scale Tops the World

According to CCTV (Chinese Central Television), by the end of November, the Chinese netizen population reached 360 million – an increase of 20.8%. This number tops the globe. Meanwhile, related statistics show that, by end of June, the Chinese Internet covered 25.5% of the entire population, which is above the global average of 21.9%. The number of Chinese owned domain names reached over 16 million, among which .cn domain names are around 13 million. That makes .cn the largest country domain. According to Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Chinese broadband users passed 100 million by the end of October.

Source: Global Times, December 15, 2009

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