The Chinese government has pledged to strengthen its control over search engines and online news platforms.
Editor’s Remarks: The pledges come as part of a drive by President Xi Jinping to bolster security. Its top priority is what he calls “cyber sovereignty”, though the term could be seen as a fairly transparent euphemism for increasing Communist Party control over the online world – something which Xi did not seem that fussed about concealing, reasserting the party’s role in guiding online discussion and improving “positive propaganda”. Given the controls’ already enormous impact on China’s online sector, effectively barring companies like Facebook and Google from competing with homegrown equivalents, the plans to rein in news portals and online networks too are sure to be similarly consequential.
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