Month: February 2012

Key Points of Party Building Work in Ministry of Culture Subordinate Organs for 2012

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The key points of Party building work in Ministry of Culture-subordinate organs for 2012 are: closely grasping the general thought line of making progress while maintaining stability and scientific development, closely grasping both great core tasks of serving the Centre and constructing teams, with studying and propagating the spirit of the 6th Plenum of the 17th People’s Congress, welcoming the victorious convocation of the 18th Party Congress and launching the grass-roots organization construction year as main threads, with an spirit of reform and innovation and a work approach of pursuing truth, strengthening the Party’s ideology, organization, work style, system, anti-corruption and pro-honesty construction, providing strong ideological and political guarantees for cultural reform and development work, and welcoming the victorious convocation of the 18th Party Congress with new Party building achievements. Read the rest of this entry »


Ministry of Culture Directly Subordinate Organs’ Discipline Inspection Work Focus Points for 2012

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In 2012, the general requirements for discipline inspection work of the Ministry of Culture’s directly subordinate organs are: according to the deployment of the7th Plenum of the Central Discipline Inspection Committee, 5th clean government work conference of the State Council, earnestly implementing the spirit of the 2012 Ministry of Culture Party spirit and clean government construction work conference, persisting in the policies of treating both root causes and symptoms, comprehensive administration, combining the development of punishment and opposition, and stressing prevention, strictly enforcing Party discipline, deepening anti-corruption and pro-clean government education with promoting clean government culture construction as focus, strengthening work style construction with improving leadership organs’ and leading cadres’ work style as focus, strengthening punishment and anti-corruption system construction with moving clean government risk prevention mechanisms construction as focus point, providing forceful discipline guarantees for completing central tasks.

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Notice concerning Launching Topical Research for 2012

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All member work units of the Nationwide Cultural System Ideological and Political Work Research Association:

On the basis of the tasks and requirements of the Grass-roots Organization Year concerning strengthening topical research on Party building, and in order to raise the theoretical level of grass-roots Party building, and even better serve grass-roots Party organizations to launch ideological and political work, after research, topical research on ideological and theoretical work is launched within the nationwide cultural and heritage system. Hereby, relevant matters are notified as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

Guiding Opinions Concerning Accelerating the Development of Publishing Media Group Reform

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XCZF No. (2012)3

All provincial, autonomous region and municipal press and publications bureaus, the Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps Press and Publications Bureau, the Liberation Army General Political Department Propaganda Department Press and Publications Bureau, all Central and State organs, ministries and commissions, all democratic parties, all people’s organizations’ press and publications controlling departments: Read the rest of this entry »

Ministry of Culture Plan for Redoubling Cultural Industries during the “12th Five-Year Plan” Period

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Table of contents:


I Guiding ideology, development thoughts and main objectives

(1) Guiding ideology

(2) Development thoughts

(3) Main objectives

II Main tasks

(1) Fostering and expanding cultural market subjects

(2) Transforming cultural industry development methods

(3) Optimizing cultural industry distribution

(4) Strengthening cultural product creation and production guidance

(5) Expanding cultural consumption

(6) Moving cultural science and technology innovation forward

(7) Implementing major programme-driving strategies

(8) Completing financial input systems

(9) Strengthening talent support

(10) Promoting cultural industry “marching out”

III, Focus sectors

(1) Performing arts

(2) Entertainment

(3) Cartoons

(4) Games

(5) Cultural tourism

(6) Artworks

(7) Arts and Crafts

(8) Cultural Exhibitions

(9) Creative design

(10) Network culture

(11) Digital cultural services

IV, Guarantee measures

(1) Expanding government input strength

(2) Perfecting policy law and regulation systems

(3) Deepening cultural structure reform

(4) Standardizing cultural market order

(5) Strengthening industrial public services

(6) Strengthening organizational implementation Read the rest of this entry »

SARFT expands control over online television, integrates cable TV networks

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On 14 February 2012, a meeting on broadcast technology was held in Beijing. During this meeting, SARFT announced that it would establish a technological control platform for converged media services, and that it would move forward with the integration of China’s cable television network. More specifically, SARFT Vice-Director Zhang Haitao stated that “concerning the second batch of three-network integration trial points, radio and television must complete its switching on work, but the most important is that a State concentrated new media broadcast control platform must be established. At the same time as setting up the broadcast control platform, technological supervision and management platforms for IPTV, mobile television and Internet television must also be constructed.” Read the rest of this entry »

China increases foreign movie quota, so what does it solve?

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On 18 February, an agreement was concluded between China and the United States concerning market access quota and conditions for American cinema films.  According to the People’s Daily, the agreement states that China will import 14 American films per year more than before, and that the cut of revenue-sharing box office income will increase from 13% to 25%. The LA Times also reports that the deal will enable independent producers to negotiate higher licence percentages that are comparable with commercial rates in other markets. Read the rest of this entry »

The new cultural policy: some quick thoughts on what it means

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On 15 February, the Central Propaganda Department published the policy document outlining China’s cultural policy for the next five years. It builds on the earlier Central Committee Decision on Cultural Policy, and takes over most of its key points. Generally, there are few surprises and no radical changes. The new Outline continues the earlier tradition concerning Party control over media content and public communication. It also continues the economic policies that have led to, inter alia, attracting capital from outside the cultural sector, as well as attracting private capital and participation. Read the rest of this entry »

Outline of the Cultural Reform and Development Plan during the National “12th Five Year Plan” Period

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Update: now fully translated.

The “12th Five-Year Plan” period is a key period for completely constructing a relatively well-off society, and is also a key stage in stimulating that culture develops both well and quickly. In order to deepen the implementation of the spirit of the 6th Plenum of the 17th Party Congress, deepen cultural structural reform stimulate the grand development and grand flourishing of Socialist culture, further arouse a new high tide of Socialist culture construction, strive to construct a strong Socialist culture country, according to the “Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party Decision Concerning Deepening Cultural Structural Reform” and the “Outline of the 12th Five-Year Plan for National Economic and Social Development of the People’s Republic of China”, this Outline is drafted. Read the rest of this entry »

Guest post: a background to the recent SARFT regulations

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On 9 February, SARFT released new regulations concerning imported TV dramas. This is the latest in a range of new regulatory documents imposing stronger control over the television sector. I had a very interesting e-mail exchange about this with Dr. Han Xiaoning, a visiting scholar at the Annenberg School of Communication at U. Penn, lecturer at the School of Journalism and Communication at Renmin University of China, who kindly allowed me to edit it into a guest post.

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Notice Concerning Further Strengthening and Improving Foreign Television Drama Import and Broadcast Management

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On 9 February, SARFT issued the “SARFT Notice Concerning Further Strengthening and Improving Foreign Television Drama Import and Broadcast Management” to all provincial, autonomous region and municipal radio, film and television bureaus, the Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps Radio and Television Bureau, the Central Television Station, China Film Group Co., and China International Television Company, the Notice says that, after the promulgation and implementation of the “Foreign Television Programme Import and Broadcast Management Rules” (SARFT Decree No. 42), the “Notice Concerning Strengthening Imported Drama Planning Work” (GFWZ No.(2002)948) and the “SARFT Notice Concerning Prohibiting Broadcasting Foreign Television Dramas as Columns in Violation of Regulations” (GF No. (2009)82), all levels’ radio and television organs have earnestly imported and broadcast foreign television dramas according to relevant SARFT regulations, which has given rein to a vigorous function in enriching the popular masses’ spiritual cultural life, enhancing understanding of the excellent cultures of all nations of the world. In order to further strengthen and improve foreign television drama import and broadcast management work, the relevant requirements are notified as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

Cultural Product and Service Export Guidance Catalogue

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Ministry of Commerce, Central Propaganda Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Culture, General Administration of Customs, General Administration of Taxation, State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, General Administration of Press and Publications, State Council Information Office Announcement No. 3 of 2012 Read the rest of this entry »