China to regulate foreign investors in Internet services
Updated: 2006-07-31 09:47 Regulations for foreign
investors operating internet services in China have been tightened. Websites
they run using rented licenses will be closed.
Domestic telecom companies should not lease or sell licenses to foreign
investors, the Ministry of Information Industry (MII) said in a circular issued
Five years ago, China issued regulations concerning foreign investors'
telecom business operations and most foreign investors follow the procedure
strictly, said the MII.
However, some unauthorized foreign investors continue to improperly offer
services using shared or borrowed licenses, or Chinese partners' domain names
and trademarks, it said.
China has 123 million netizens, the world's second biggest internet user
population after the United States. Foreign capital is trying to get its share
of the great business opportunities.
The ministry asked departments concerned to launch checks on websites before
November 1. Websites which operate with borrowed or rented licenses will have to
reapply for a license.
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