Foreign-Related and Import

Notice concerning Further Implementing Regulations on the Management of Online Foreign Film and Television Dramas

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All provincial, autonomous region and municipal press, publications, radio, film and television bureaus, the Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps Radio, Film and Television Bureau

On the basis of the “Radio and Television Management Regulations” (State Council Decree No. 228), the “Internet Audiovisual Programme Service Management Regulations” (SARFT, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Decree No. 56), the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television “Notice concerning Strengthening Management over Internet Dissemination of Film and Television Dramas” (GF No. (2007)122) and other such regulations and provisions, foreign film and television dramas used for dissemination on the Internet and other such information networks shall obtain a “Public Film Screening Permit” or a “Television Drama Distribution Permit” according to the law. In order to develop online culture and let it flourish, and vigorously absorb the excellent cultural achievements of the world at the same time as inheriting and carrying forward China’s excellent cultural traditions, the following provisions on further implementing management over dissemination of foreign film and television dramas on information networks (hereafter simply named online foreign film and television dramas) are hereby notified: Read the rest of this entry »

Notice concerning Printing and Issuing the Provisions on the Main Duties, Internal Structuring and Personnel Allocation of the General Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television

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GBF No. (2013)76

All provincial, autonomous region and municipal People’s Governments, all State Council Ministries and Commissions, all directly subordinate organs:

The “Provisions on the Main Duties, Internal Structuring and Personnel Allocation of the General Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television” have been approved by the State Council and are hereby printed and issued.

State Council General Office

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Secret Central Committee Document Calls for Loyalty, Warns for Western Influence

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According to different reports, the CCP Central Committee recently issued a document named “Circular concerning the Present Situation in the Ideological Area”. This document is highly secret, to the extent that it seems to occur that paper copies issued for study purposes may not be kept or taken home by cadres. No version is available on the Internet, and many blog posts or forum discussions referring to this documents have been taken down.

Nonetheless, a number of local newspapers have reported on study sessions on implementing the spirit of this document, through which it is possible to glean at least some information about what it might say. One article, about a meeting organized by the Urban Development Committee in Chongqing, is particularly informative. It indicates that the Circular contains seven points for attention in the current ideological environment. While these points are not listed individually, the article mentions the main points of the Circular, as Read the rest of this entry »

Notice concerning Implementing a Television Documentary Theme Announcement System

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On 7 February, SARFT issued the “Notice concerning Implementing a Television Documentary Theme Announcement System” (GF No. (2013)11) to all provincial, autonomous region and municipal radio and television bureaus, the Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps radio and television bureau, the Liberation Army General Political Department Propaganda Department, CCTV, China Film Group Co., the Central New Film Group, China Education Television, and relevant Centre and State work units, the notice says that, in recent years, our country’s television documentary creation and production has become more dynamic every day, quantity and quality rise incessantly and a desirable development tendency has emerged. On the basis of the spirit of the “SARFT Notice concerning Printing and Issuing Some Opinions on Accelerating the Development of the Documentary Industry” (GF No. [201088]), in order to further let the television documentary market flourish, promote the healthy and orderly development of television documentary creation and production, assist the documentary sector to timely understand information on television documentary themes, attract social forces to participate in television documentary creation and production, avoid production clashes, waste of resources and other problems, and stimulate the formation of a desirable situation in which film documentary production and creation is rich in themes, scientific in its composition, resources are optimized, excellent products merge in large numbers and talents come to the fore, SARFT will implement a television documentary theme announcement system starting from 2013, to gather theme information concerning nationwide television documentary creation and production, Sino-foreign coproductions, imported foreign television documentaries (including source material), etc., and announce it to society. Hereby, the following matters are notified in order to do the work well. Read the rest of this entry »

Network Publishing Service Management Regulations (Opinion-Seeking Revision Draft)

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Chapter I: General Principles

Article 1: In order to standardize network publishing services order, stimulate the healthy and orderly development of publishing service business, on the basis of the State Council’s “Publishing Management Regulations” and “Internet Service Management Rules”, and corresponding laws and regulations, these Regulations are formulated.

Article 2: These regulations apply to engaging in network publishing business within the territory of the People’s Republic of China. Read the rest of this entry »

Management Rules on Foreign Press and Publications Organs Establishing Offices Within the Territory of China

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(Opinion-seeking Draft)

Article 1: In order to standardize the establishment of foreign press and publications organs’ offices within the territory of China and their work activities, stimulate Sino-foreign press and publications exchange, on the basis of the “Publishing Management Regulations”, the “Foreign Enterprises’ Permanent Representative Organ Registration Management Regulations” and the “State Council Decision concerning Administrative Examination and Approval Matters and Administrative Permits that Need to Be Maintained”, these Rules are formulated. Read the rest of this entry »

Bloggers and Rights Defence Lawyers: A US-Sponsored Plot

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These are tense times for China. As I blogged elsewhere, its political model will need a fundamental shift in order to remain stable, huge economic challenges are coming, and the Gu Kailai trial underscores the insecurity and sensitivity of the political system. It remains to be seen whether the CCP will be able to muster the leadership to deal with these issues. But not only China is in crisis. The current European malaise in the field of economics and the seeming impossibility in the United States to heal its broken political system reflect deep faultlines in society, related to the distribution of privilege, wealth and opportunity – illustrated by the global elite’s ability to store trillions of dollars of personal wealth in off-shore fiscal havens. Obviously, this is a good time for politicians and pundits to play the external enemy card, a tendency that, where China is concerned, has been particularly strong in the United States. Read the rest of this entry »

Six Major Challenges that Our Country’s Ideological Construction Faces at Present

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Party Building”, July 2012, Ren Jie

–       Firmly occupy the ideological battlefield is both where the core interest of the country lies, and an important chip in the international contest of strength.

–       In the present world, vying for the power of discourse, the power of network control, the power of information dissemination, the power of regulation formulation, the power of cultural leadership and other “soft powers” have become the focus point for competition in comprehensive national strength.

–       The fight for mastery and trial of strength in the ideological area will never disappear, the task of strengthening our country’s mainstream ideology construction is huge. Read the rest of this entry »

“12th Five-Year” Development Plan for the Internet Sector

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Table of contents

I, Development situation

(1) Internet use has developed swiftly

(2) Internet infrastructure capacity has been enhanced continuously

(3) Internet technology innovation capacity has been incessantly strengthened

(4) The beginnings of an Internet sector with international influence have been shaped

(5) A management structure for the Internet sector has been basically established

(6) The Internet has become an important engine and basic platform for economic and social development.

II, Development circumstances

(1) The position of strategic Internet infrastructure has become more prominent

(2) Internet use incessantly opens up and develops new aspirations

(3) Internet technology change and network evolution accelerates and moves forward

(4) The challenges of network and information security tend to become more severe

(5) Global Internet management strength incessantly expands

(6) Our country’s Internet is at an important juncture for innovation and upgrading

III, Guiding ideology, basic principles and development objectives

(1) Guiding ideology and basic principles

(2) Development objectives

IV, Development tasks

(1) Innovating and applying structures, fostering the development of new Internet business models

(2) Stimulating the integration of the two civilizations, completely supporting economic and social development

(3) Establishing a “Broadband China”, moving network infrastructure optimization and upgrading forward”

(4) Moving the whole arrangement forward, evolving towards the development of next-generation Internet

(5) Making breakthroughs in key technologies, ramming down core basic sectors

(6) Strengthening top-layer design, establishing advanced and complete Internet standard systems

(7) Perfecting supervision and management systems, forging a sincere Internet market environment abiding by the rules

(8) Strengthening systems and methods, strengthening basic Internet management

(9) Strengthening structure construction, upgrading network and information security guarantee capacity

V, Guarantee measures

(1) Perfecting and guaranteeing sector management legal and regulatory structures guaranteeing the healthy development of the Internet

(2) Strengthening Internet management systems and management capacity construction

(3) Establishing guiding mechanisms for healthy Internet development

(4) Strengthening policy support for Internet infrastructure construction

(5) Promoting and perfecting Internet development fiscal, financial and intellectual property rights policies

(6) Fostering and supporting small and medium Internet enterprise growth

(7) Strengthening the construction of Internet specialist talent structures

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Some Thoughts about Disney’s China Deal

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In short succession to Dreamworks, Disney has now signed a cooperation deal with two Chinese companies.  The goal of the newly established National Animation Creative Research and Development Cooperation is to create animated content for Chinese and international market, and act as an incubator for the broader development of the Chinese animation sector by training talent and raising the quality of the content and technical level of Chinese animation. Disney’s contribution will mainly consist of expertise in “story writing, screening, story refining, market research, creative revision and the creation of international standard intellectual property to foster local content and franchise development.” The other two sides of the cooperation are Tencent, which will provide expertise in e-commerce, online promotion and testing, and the China Cartoon Group Co., the cartoon-producing subordinate company of the Ministry of Culture. 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 »

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 »

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 »

Film Industry Stimulation Law of the People’s Republic of China (Opinion-Seeking Draft)

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Chapter I: General Principles

Article 1: In order to stimulate the flourishing and development of the film industry, enrich the popular masses’ spiritual cultural life, raise the ideological and moral quality and the scientific and cultural quality of citizens, this Law is formulated.

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Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party Decision Concerning Deepening Cultural Structural Reform

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The 6th Plenum of the 17th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party has completely analyzed the situation and tasks, and is of the opinion that summarizing the rich practice and precious experience of our country’s cultural reform and development, researching the deployment of deepening cultural structural reform, promoting the grand development and grand flourishing of Socialist culture, further arousing a new high tide of Socialist cultural construction, has a major and profound significance for seizing complete construction of the new victory of constructing a moderately well-off society, initiating a new dimension for Socialist undertakings with Chinese characteristics and realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. The Plenum has made the following Decision.

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Audiovisual Product Import Management Rules

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General Administration of Press and Publications of the People’s Republic of China

General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China

Decree No. 53

The “Audiovisual Product Import Management Rules” were passed in March 2011 by the first admiinistration meeting of the General Administration of Press and Publications and General Administration of Customs, are hereby promulgated, and take effect on the day of promulgation Read the rest of this entry »

Management Rules for the Subscription and Ordering of Foreign Publications

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General Administration of the People’s Republic of China Decree

No. 51

The “Management Rules for the Subscription and Ordering of Foreign Publications” were passed at the first Administration meeting of the General Administration of Press and Publications on 17 March 2011, is hereby promulgated, and takes effect on the date of promulgation.

General Administration of Press and Publications, Director: Liu Binjie

25 March 2011

Management Rules for the Subscription and Ordering of Foreign Publications

Article 1: In order to satisfy the reading demands of domestic work units and individuals, foreign bodies in China, foreign-invested enterprises’ foreigners and Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan persons concerning foreign publications, and strengthen management over imported publications, on the basis of the “Publishing Management Regulations and relevant laws, regulations and rules, these Rules are formulated. Read the rest of this entry »

Publications Market Management Regulations

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General Administration of Press and Publications Decree No. 52.

The “Publications Market Management Regulations” were passed on the first administration meeting of the General Administration of Press and Publication and by the Ministry of Commerce on 17 March 2011, are hereby promulgated and take effect on the date of promulgation.

General Administration of Press and Publications, Director, Liu Binjie

Ministry of Commerce, Minister, Chen Deming

25 March 2011

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State Council Decision Concerning Revising the ‘Audiovisual Product Management Regulations

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People’s Republic of China State Council Decree

No. 595

The ” State Council Decision Concerning Revising the ‘Audiovisual Product Management Regulations” was passed on 16 March 2011 at the 147th State Council Affairs Meeting, is hereby promulgated and takes effect on the day of promulgation

Premier: Wen Jiabao

19 March 2011

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State Council Decision concerning Revising the “Publishing Management Regulations”

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State Council of the People’s Republic of China Decree

No. 594

The “State Council Decision concerning Revising the ‘Publishing Management Regulations'” were passed on the 147th Council meeting of the State Council on 16 March 2011, are hereby promulgated, and take effect on the day of promulgation.

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