BEIJING - China's new Internet information office aims to better regulate the Internet to ensure its healthy development, said a chief official of the office on Thursday.
China's Internet sector has witnessed rapid growth but problems such as online porn, gambling and fraud, as well as illegal marketing tricks, have hampered its sound development, the official told Xinhua News Agency, which did not identify the official.
The new office, the State Internet Information Office, will strengthen coordination among different authorities and improve the legal, administrative and technical systems to help regulate the Internet.
China's Internet regulations are in accordance with common international practice, the official said, adding governments of most countries monitor and regulate Internet content and deal with relevant violations of the law.
The official refuted some foreign criticism of China's Internet regulations, saying the irresponsible remarks were deliberate and a groundless smear against China.
The official also noted that the Internet in China is developing in an open, lawful and cooperative manner, with the number of users approaching 500 million.
"The Internet has become an important part of the Chinese economy and society ... it has great influence and promotes social development as well as the citizens' right to know, to participate, to express and to supervise," the official said.
Moreover, it is playing an increasing role in enriching cultural activities in the country.
"These facts indicated that the strategies and policies on Internet development by the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the Chinese government are proved to be right and effective," the official said.
The Chinese government announced the setting up of the office on Wednesday.
The office will direct, coordinate and supervise online content management and handle administrative approval of businesses related to online news reporting, said a statement from the State Council General Office.
The office will implement policies for Internet communication and direct the development of online gaming, video and audio businesses, and publication industries. It will also be engaged in promoting construction of major news websites and manage government publicity.
Minister of the State Council Information Office Wang Chen was appointed director of the office.
Vice-Minister of the State Council Information Office Qian Xiaoqian, Vice-Minister of Industry and Information Technology Xi Guohua and Vice-Minister of Public Security Zhang Xinfeng were appointed vice-directors.
(China Daily 05/06/2011 page2)