How will China's foreign content crackdown play out?

BEIJING - China's new rules restricting foreign companies and their joint ventures from publishing anything online without approval will apply from 10 March onwards. Industry insiders said they are studying the rules, but remain unfazed for now as the key question is how the rules will be enforced.

China has taken what looks like a drastic step in its aims to restrict foreign companies disseminating information online.

The rules, released by the Ministry of Industry Information Technology and the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television click for Chinese source, say that from 10 March, foreign companies and Sino-foreign joint ventures will be restricted from publishing online content without government approval.

Content includes texts including digitally distributed...

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