BEIJING, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu
Jintao on Tuesday called on government officials to promote and better regulate
rapidly developing Internet services in China.
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
China's Internet population jumped by almost 24
percent last year to reach 137 million, according to the China Internet Network
Nearly one in 10 Chinese have Internet access and
many regularly go online to read news, chat with friends, shop, and engage in
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
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 social stability.
Internet use in China jumps by almost 25 pct in 2006
BEIJING, Jan. 23 (Xinhua)
-- China had 137 million people online by the end of last
year, up by almost a quarter from 2005, the China Internet Network
Information Center (CNNIC) said Tuesday.
The number of Internet users rose by 23.4 percent to comprise 10.5 percent of the country's population, said the CNNIC in a report. full story>>