BEIJING -- Chinese President Hu Jintao on Tuesday called on government
officials to promote and better regulate rapidly developing Internet services in
Hu made the call at a study session of the Political Bureau of the Central
Committee of Communist Party of China (CPC), saying officials should "actively
and creatively nurture a healthy online culture" that meets public demand.
The rapid development of the Internet in China has played an important role
in spreading information, knowledge, and CPC's policies, and it has also raised
new issues for the country's cultural development, Hu said.
"Whether we can cope with the Internet is a matter that affects the
development of socialist culture, the security of information, and the stability
of the state," Hu said, asking officials to use the Internet as a platform to
spread healthy information.
Officials at all levels should facilitate the development of the Internet
while improving the administration of web technologies, content and network
security, said Hu.
Hu asked officials to become more knowledgeable and to improve their ability
to administer the Internet.
Hu said the government should use advanced technologies to better guide
public opinions voiced through the Internet.
"We should spread more information that is in good taste, and promote online
products that can represent the grand Chinese culture," Hu said.
He told officials to provide conditions for developing websites that carry
"excellent content" and improve the delivery of information.
China's Internet population jumped by almost 24 percent last year to reach
137 million, according to the China Internet Network Information Center.
Nearly one in 10 Chinese have Internet access and many regularly go online to
read news, chat with friends, shop, and engage in debates.
Last year, Chinese Internet users spent a monthly average of 170 yuan (21.79
U.S. dollars) online, including the costs of Internet access, on-line shopping
and games, compared with 150 yuan in 2005. The on-line consumer market expanded
by 47 percent over the previous year, according to the China Internet Survey
Report 2007 released this month.
The report also showed the number of Chinese bloggers reached 20.8 million at
the end of last year, of whom 3.15 million are active authors.
The rising number of bloggers also caused problems and disputes. In 2006,
blog piracy, infringement and "irresponsible" publications prompted the
government to commission a study on the implementation of real-name blogs.
China Internet Association Councillor Hu Qiheng said the government was
considering new ways to supervise blogs, requiring bloggers to identify
themselves when they register, even if they write under a pseudonym.
The Ministry of Culture in December ordered all music distributors to
register and apply for approval from cultural authorities to distribute imported
music products on the Internet.
It also required online music based on music products copied or composed by
netizens for non-profit purposes to be monitored more closely, saying some
products had poor quality, or content that abused ethnic traditions or affected