Chinese Authorities Consider Loosening Some Restrictions on Internet Cafes

November 4, 2004

Xinhua reports that at a "summit meeting" of Internet cafe operators sponsored by China's Ministry of Culture, ministry officials stated that there are plans to amend the "Regulations on the Administration of Internet Access Service Business Establishments" following the completion of the campaign to "rectify" Internet cafes. Possible amendments include extending operating hours and allowing minors to patronize Internet cafes. Officials also stated, however, that the Chinese government intends to impose "strict control" over the number of Internet cafes, and that "in principle no new Internet cafes will be established."